The only film shown regularly in the screening room of the Ontario Film Review Board is 22 minutes long and has no title, although some viewers call it “Mary Brown’s horror show,” after the province’s recently transferred chief censor. The film is made up entirely of scenes which the board has ordered removed from movies, beginning with two from the The Tin Drum, the 1980 Academy Awardwinning film.By JOHN BARBER14 min
In Ancholi, a crowded and dusty suburb of Karachi, the air was filled with tension. Under a blazing afternoon sun, more than 200 blue-helmeted Pakistani policemen, some clutching shotguns, waited for hours along the main Karachi-Islamabad highway for a threatened demonstration by opponents of Pakistan’s president, Gen. Mohammad Zia ul-Haq.
A year ago, during the worst banking crisis in the nation’s history, Canadians suffered a loss of faith. On Sept. 1, the almost unthinkable occurred: after spending more than $1.3 billion in a desperate effort to keep the Edmonton-based Canadian Commercial Bank afloat, Ottawa abandoned the fight and forced the nine-year-old institution into liquidation.
Richard Wenk says that he still does not like horror movies—even after writing and directing one. But in January, 1985, the New York screenwriter overcame his distaste when New World Pictures producer Donald Borchers presented him with a title, Vamp, and some plot ingredients:
In Montreal they lined up patiently in subway stations to be photographed for bus passes. In Toronto they puzzled over health insurance forms in an alien language. As the cloud of mystery that shrouded their bizarre odyssey slowly lifted, the full story—sectarian violence at home, hopelessness in a European sanctuary and misery on the high seas—emerged.
For a full six months before the U.S. Commission on Pornography delivered its two-volume report to Attorney General Edwin Meese on July 9, critics were attacking what they assumed would be its findings. That is because in April the commission avoided a lawsuit by the American Civil Liberties Union (ACLU) by agreeing to make public draft reports and other preliminary material, some of which did not even appear in the final version.By IAN AUSTEN6 min
They have been likened to the Kennedys—charismatic, wealthy, intelligent and well-educated. And like Boston’s famous political dynasty, members of Pakistan’s Bhutto family have suffered more than the usual share of tragedy. Former prime minister Zulfikar Ali Bhutto was hanged in 1979 after being deposed by Gen. Mohammad Zia ul-Haq.By PEETER KOPVILLEM5 min
The summer has revealed a need to persuade Canadians to stop improving themselves. Canadians are relentless self-improvers and can’t stop doing it even when they are supposed to be on vacation. They sit on the dock and read books allegedly written by Canadian politicians.By Charles Gordon5 min
The 1966 French film A Man And A Woman was an unexpected hit—a lowbudget, simple love story that became one of the most popular movies of that decade. Directed, photographed and written by Claude Lelouch, it starred Anouk Aimée as a young, widowed script girl who met and fell in love with a widowed racing-car driver, played by Jean-Louis Trintignant.
Anyone with a passing grade in reading knows that in this repertoriai rat race called journalism, where a surfeit of fingers recycles a shortage of facts, there is invariably an In-Topic of glaring overexposure. And before we turn to today’s great In, the redesigning of one Brian Mulroney, you might recall the “God-isdead” marathon debate of 10 years ago.By Stewart MacLeod, Allan Fotheringham5 min
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