The French Connection - Private Screening Room - $8

THE FRENCH CONNECTION - 1971

Saturday, April 20th we will be showing the 5 time Academy Award Winner, The French Connection. This gritty New York City based film from 1971 won the Best Picture Oscar and Gene Hackman at his best won Best Actor in a leading role. 

  BASED ON A TRUE STORY

William Friedkin's police drama portrays two tough New York City cops, Popeye and Cloudy, portrayed by Gene Hackman and Roy Scheider, trying to intercept a huge heroin shipment coming from France. An interesting contrast is established between 'Popeye' Doyle, a short-tempered alcoholic bigot who is nevertheless a hard-working and dedicated police officer, and his nemesis Alain Charnier, portrayed by Fernando Rey, a suave and urbane gentleman who is nevertheless a criminal and one of the largest drug suppliers of pure heroin to North America. During the surveillance and eventual bust, Friedkin provides one of the most gripping and memorable car chase sequences ever filmed. 

This is one of my (Alex) all time favourites and it has some personal significance for me as well. In 1970 I had my first Summer job inside the Roosvelt Hotel where a portion of the French Connection was filmed. They also filmed a major sequence where I would take the subway home. I can vividly remember how New York looked back in 1970 and this film hits it dead on.

 

 New cost for films at the Screening Room, $8.00. 
 
Driving - The Screening Room is located at Fairview Mall at the corner of Don Mills Rd. and Sheppard. Since we're all coming from different directions I suggest going to www.mapquest.ca and click on "Get Directions." Your destination address is 1800 Sheppard Ave. East.
 
Transit - From the Yonge/University Line, Go to Sheppard Station and then take the Sheppard Subway Line to Don Mills Station. From the Bloor/Danforth Subway Line, go to Pape Station and take the #25, Don Mills bus to Don Mills Station. Don Mills Station leads right to Fairview Mall. For further TTC info call[masked] & dial O to speak with a live person.
 
Free Mall Parking!! Try to park near Shopper's Drug Mart.
 
Once you're in the mall, go to the 2nd level. The SilverCity Cineplex is between Purdy's Chocolates and Shopper's Drug Mart. At SilverCity, go up the escalator and immediatley turn left. From there you will see the lounge and screening room. 

 
After the film we can hang out together and discuss The French Connection in the screening room or in the lounge.
 
We look forward to seeing you!!

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  • Dave B.

    glad to see everyone last night and u enjoyed the movie can't wait to see you all next time i had a great time

    1 · April 21, 2013

    • Alex S.

      Good job, Dave!!

      April 22, 2013

  • LI L.

    It is a most gripping movie I have ever seen, I feel like on the criminal scene following car chase.

    1 · April 21, 2013

    • Alex S.

      I totally agree, Lily. Thanks for coming out. It was a pleasure to meet you.

      April 22, 2013

  • Cecilia F.

    I'm tired of having run so much... :-)

    1 · April 22, 2013

    • Alex S.

      Cecilia, is it "run" or "fun" you're tired of having?? :-P

      April 22, 2013

  • fred

    I have no good excuse. I am just getting home and I am cold and tired. I owe you Alex for my spot and will pay you next time I see you. I just can't get motivated to come up there right now. I am disappointed as it sounds like a good venue. Enjoy all

    April 20, 2013

    • fred

      Cool..I will still make good with Alex if he needs it next time I see him. I never do this. Long story and an even longer day.

      1 · April 20, 2013

    • Alex S.

      Okay Fred, you got sum splainin' to do. I'll catch up with you next time.

      April 21, 2013

  • Renana

    It was a good movie, and I enjoyed it.

    April 20, 2013

  • Anuradha Khanna (.

    Awesome

    April 20, 2013

  • Christina z

    I'll take that spot.

    April 20, 2013

  • Cecilia F.

    Alex, since there's a spot now, I'll bring a friend. Is that ok?

    April 20, 2013

  • Ben

    sorry alex,i made it through on the waitlist but something came up last minute ,i cannot make it. once again sorry.
    ben

    April 20, 2013

  • Rick

    I'm very sorry I have to do this, but I have a family emergency

    April 13, 2013

    • Alex S.

      I hope that everything is okay, Rick.

      April 19, 2013

  • Sandra

    Sorry I have to miss this one. Enjoy!

    April 19, 2013

    • Alex S.

      Thank You, Sandra!! You also opened up a spot for someone else.

      April 19, 2013

  • Elizabeth

    I'm sorry I can't make it after all.

    April 19, 2013

    • Alex S.

      Thanks Elizabeth. You opened a spot for someone else. I hope to see you soon.

      April 19, 2013

  • Elizabeth

    I'm sorry I can't make it after all.

    April 19, 2013

  • Dave B.

    I can't wait to see this one on the big screen hope to see a good turn out the car chase in it is really cool the acting top notch too

    1 · March 25, 2013

    • Alex S.

      This film always makes me feel like I'm back home in NYC. Don't be surprised if I have my accent back by the end of the movie. :)

      March 26, 2013

  • fred

    Still 50/50

    March 23, 2013

    • Alex S.

      This one will be fantastic in the screening room, Fred!!

      March 23, 2013

    • Alex S.

      I'm looking forward to seeing the chase scene there.

      March 23, 2013

  • fred

    I would love to join you. It is so far away I have no idea if I can commit at this point.

    1 · March 22, 2013

    • Alex S.

      Hi Fred, You can always grab a spot now and back out later if need be. Alex

      March 22, 2013

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