Politics Feared in Quebec
3ensor Board Appointment
MONIKI M A iicu nicmhcr h.is hccn
named lo ihc Quebcv; Motion Piciurv; Censors
Board, and this brought cries in the
hiovic industry of pohlieal "favoritism" ami
V:xpression of fears that possibly all the gains
made in the recent years as far as censorship
of fihns is concerned may be endan-
Yves Gabias. provincial secretary in the
newly elected Quebec government headed
by Daniel Johnson, confirmed nomination
of Levis l.orrain to the board of censors ful-
'lowing recommendation to the cabinet by
the secretary of the province. In making the
announcement. Gabias admitted neither the
board's president or its members
'were consulted concerning the appointment.
In the previous administration since the
.reform of the censor board, nominations of
[new members were made on the recommenidalion
of the president and the active mem-
Ibers of the board. Gabias would not comon
the subject although he mentioned
ithat he would have a meeting with the
board's president .Andre Guerin, who also
is president of L'Office du Film du Quebec.
Lorrain is a brother of Romeo Lorrain.
who was a minister in the former Union
National cabinet of the late Maurice Duplcssi.s.
He, according to the press, is an employe
of a Union National Party group in
Following the official announcement, the
Ass'n Professionelle des Cineastes (Ass'n of
Professional Filmmakers) issued a press
statement in which it said that in its task to
defend the professional interests of filmmakers
it is protesting "an attempt to politicize"
the Quebec film industry. The association
added. "We hope that the public
opinion, aware of the danger represented
for the future of the cinema." will bring
pressure against the government "to revoke
The filmmakers also said they are waiting
for the adoption of a new Movie Act, as
well as the formation of a cinema center in
The French daily newspaper I. a Prcsse
called Lorrain's nomination "astounding."
and asked whither this indicated that Quebec
censorship would return to "narrow, illadvised"
cutting of films.
Braille Institute Magazine
Honors Sonny and Cher
HOI n \\()()1>— .Sonny and Cher have
been honored by the Braille Institute for the
Blind magazine Light. The pair gave a sellout
charity performance last spring at the
Hollywood Bowl, the entire proceeds going
lo the Institute.
During their recent trip to Hurope. they
also gave two charity concerts in London
for the Variety Club children's fund and
another in Paris for the Braille Institute and
underprivileged children. They made their
motion picture debut in .Steve Broidy's independent
film "Good Times" which Columbia
Observing 20th Anniversary,
Sees Need for Art-Theatre Increase
IDRON IX)— .-Vslial Films. Ltd.. the onl>
wholly owned Canadian motion picture distributing
company, is observing its 20th
anniversary. Its success is a tribute to the
foresight of the late I. H. "Izzy" Allen and
to the men who followed in his footsteps,
including Jerry .Solway. general manager;
Martin Boehner. a.ssistant general manager,
and Willi.im Moreland, head of publicity
In 1946. Allen quit as a special Eastern
Canadian representative for Eagle-Lion
Films of Canada lo set up his own company
in a small store in the Dundas Square district
of Toronto, where the Twinex Downtown
now stands. He always was a booster
of British films. As the market grew, more
European films were obtained and it was
soon necessary to establish a foreign films
department. Granada International Films,
which today is considered to be the leading
importer of films in Canada.
From an original staff of two— Allen and
secretary-booker June Barker, who is still
with the company— Astral has increased its
payroll to about 30. Its headquarters are
here and it has branches in Montreal. Winnipeg.
Calgary, Vancouver and Saint John.
Recently, a product division to its Montreal
branch was established.
Branch managers are Bill Rod. Toronto;
Lcn Heberman. Montreal; Norman Simpson.
Saint John; Morley Mogul. Winnipeg;
Raymond Burr Is Honored
Guest at B.C. Centennial
NEW WESTMIN.STER. B.C. — Ra\-
mond Burr was guest of honor here Thursday
and Iriday (17) and (18) on the first
two days of the four-day British Columbia
centennial celebration held here. Also on
hand were the province premier, the lieutenant
governor and the lord mayor of London.
Burr, who was born here where his parents
Mr. and Mrs. W. J. Burr still live, took
two days off from filming his starring role
in Universal-TV's "World Premiere" segment
"Ironside." part of a .series of 2-hour
feature films made specifically for television.
to take part in the festivities.
Special Denton Edition
For 'Bonnie and Clyde'
DENTON, TEX.—An entire
issue of the
Denton Record-Chronicle will be devoted
to Warner Bros.' "Bonnie and Clyde," which
is being filmed in this area, based on the
bankrobbing activities of the notorious pair
during the 19.10s.
The special issue will be mailed to leading
exhibitors and key city editors to signalize
the production of the picture, which stars
Warren Beatty and Faye Dunaway. Beatt\
is producing and Arthur Pcnn directing the
I i.iiik Price, talgar>. and ,\be I einstcin,
Astral, besides foreign films, also is
known for its distribution of American International
product. In foreign film distribution,
Solway sees a need for more art houses
in key centers. He sa\s, "Our distribution
has increased more than 100 per cent in the
company's 20-year history, and we estimate
the market for foreign-language films at 35
per cent of Canada's total movie audience,"
He says that many good foreign films
never play kc> centers like Toronto because
there are not enough theatres specializing in
this kind of product. "The big circuits have
not recognized the need for art houses in
key centers. If they don't soon, some independents
Solway pointed out that Montreal, because
of its French-language predominance,
is the exception. "It has an appreciable number
of theatres doing well with European
product." He explained. "Toronto, on the
other hand, has only one theatre—the New
Yorker— maintaining a consistent, exclusive
art house policy . . . The city could stand at
three more such houses. We know the
potential is there."
Overall, he said. Montreal is the top city
market for foreign films, followed by
Toronto and Vancouver. "Calgary and
Edmonton have been negligible and Winnipeg
hasn't the ethnic potential you might
Twin in Montreal
\I()\IK1 \l Monireal and district,
which this year, especially, has seen a widespread
revival of openings of new theatres,
will again be the scene of still another twincinema
construction. The architectural firm
of Eliasoph & Berkowitz. Montreal, is receiving
bids until Wednesday (iO) for the
construction of a twin cinema on Taschereau
Boulevard at Margaret Street in Greenfield
Park on the South Shore of the St.
Lawrence River near Montreal.
The Owner is Cireenfield Park Theatres
Co., Ltd. Consulting structural engineers for
the twin arc Shector, Barbacki, Forte & Associates
and consulting mechanical engineers
are Levine & Jones. Six general contractors
have been invited to bid.
The project will consist of structural steel,
precast concrete, brick and block walls, tar
and gravel roof, hot water heating, terrazzo
floors. The project is estimated at $500,-
Irwin Dorfman Resigns
'nEw"^ YORK— Irwin Dorfman, one of
the founders of Childhood Productions, has
resigned as secretary-treasurer and director
of the company. He said he will announce
his future plans shortly.
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