OTTAWA’S CINEMA FOR INTERNATIONAL AND INDEPENDENT MOVIES

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The ByTowne is now closed.

It's possible that, after the pandemic has been brought under control,
new management will take over the space and offer big-screen wonderfulness again.

The building is being maintained, with all its facilities and equipment intact,
in preparation for that hoped-for day.
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Singin' In The Rain

Must-See Cinema! If you love musicals, you have to see Singin’ In The Rain on the big screen!

Poster art for Singin' In The RainIs there a film clip more often shown than the title number of this most astoundingly popular musical? The rest of the movie is great too – but it shouldn’t be. There never was a masterpiece created from such a mishmash of elements: Arthur Freed’s favourites among his own songs from back in the ’20s and ’30s, along with a new number, ‘Make ’Em Laugh’, which is a straight rip-off from Cole Porter’s ‘Be A Clown’; the teenaged Debbie Reynolds pitched into the deep end with tyrannical perfectionist Kelly; choreography very nearly improvised because of pressures of time; and Kelly filming his greatest number with a heavy cold. Somehow it all comes together. The ‘Broadway Melody’ ballet is Kelly’s least pretentious, Jean Hagen and Donald O’Connor are very funny, and the Comden/Green script is a loving-care job. If you’ve never seen it and don’t, you’re bonkers.

– W. Stephen Gilbert, Time Out Film Guide

 

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