Grand Hotels

AUGUST 14+15, 21+22

A four-film series in conjunction with the Vancouver Art Gallery’s exhibition Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life.

I. Tainted Love Hotels: Death in Venice and Lolita
A hiding place for love’s transgressions: Be it an ill-fated series of short stays at motels along a runaway route, or a long, luxurious unrequited crush at a grand hotel, love in a hotel takes its location as a vantage point from which the imagination of desire can lean whichever way it chooses. With such malleable characteristics of public and private sociability, these sites of refuge provide a location for the most intimate, difficult, and doomed concepts of love.

II. Hotel as Set: Stardust Memories and The Bellboy
With a balance of public and private space for exchange and interaction, the hotel is a set where stories can naturally unfold. Both Miami’s Fontainebleau Hotel (the setting of Jerry Lewis’s The Bellboy) or the Stardust (a fictionalized New Jersey hotel, in Woody Allen’s Stardust Memories, riffing off of the infamous one in Las Vegas), stand as adaptable microcosms for the larger social world. With various chambers and spaces for interaction, performance, and leisure, they set the stage from lobby to bar to ballroom to use transition from room to room as the ideal place for comedic encounters.

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Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life
April 13 to September 15, 2013  
Vancouver Art Gallery

This film series is a collaboration between the Vancouver Art Gallery and the The Cinematheque, programmed to coincide with the exhibition Grand Hotel: Redesigning Modern Life. Grand Hotel is a ground-breaking exhibition at the Vancouver Art Gallery exploring the impact of the hotel as one of the pre-eminent architectural and social structures of our time. The exhibition runs from April 14 to September 15, 2013.

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Recent Showings

A declining composer makes a final journey to Venice, and becomes transfixed by a 14-year-old Polish boy who embodies the purity of the muse that no longer speaks to him.
Underage Lolita and her kidnapper/step-father/suitor embark on a scandalous road trip in Stanley Kubrick’s adaptation of Vladimir Nabokov’s controversial novel.
Set in and around the famed Fontainebleau Hotel in Miami, Jerry Lewis’s giddy, gag-filled first film as director remains his most experimental work, and one of his most endearing to boot.
Woody Allen plays comedian-turned-filmmaker Sandy Bates, who arrives at the Stardust Hotel for a retrospective devoted to his work, and recalls memories of his life, films, and loves.