Films of Mystery!
As part of Writes of Spring mystery month, RPL Film Theatre is pleased to present a series of films based on classic stories (and one board game!). Each film will be introduced by local community members and mystery film enthusiasts.
Writes of Spring is presented in partnership with the Department of English at the University of Regina.
Sat April 2 at 7:00pm - Hound of the Baskervilles - Introduction and roundtable discussion with Nils Clausson & The Irregulars
Der Hund Von Baskerville is a 1914 German silent film adaptation of Arthur Conan Doyle's 1902 novel The Hound of the Baskervilles and is it's first film adaptation. Starring Carlyle Blackwell Sr. (Sherlock Holmes), George Seroff (Dr. Watson) and Fitz Rasp (Stapleton).
For many years a member of the faculty of the Department of English, Nils has maintained an active research program, focusing on the detective story, the theory and practice of genre criticism, and Victorian literature. He is the author of Arthur Conan Doyle's Art of Fiction: A Re-evaluation (2018) and the editor of a book of essays, Re-examining Arthur Conan Doyle (2021) as well as numerous articles and talks, and the convenor of the Regina Public Library's reading group, The Baker Street Irregulars, who focus on Conan Doyle.
Sat April 9 at 7:00pm – Clue – Presented by Spoiler Alert (in theatre only)
Six guests are anonymously invited to a strange mansion for dinner, but after their host is killed, they must cooperate with the staff to identify the murderer as the bodies pile up.
The Bureau for the Investigation and Supervision of Spoilers invites you to join Det. Sean Dunham and Sgt. Geremy Lague as they deliver a concise and unbiased briefing to local law enforcement, recounting the case file: Clue.
The Briefing will feature insights into criminology, tactics, costume design, editing choices, and other shenanigans.* We ask that local law enforcement attend to aid in the capture of the assailant responsible for the murder of Mr. Body.
We're watching clue and there's going to be a PowerPoint!
*Det. Dunham will demonstrate a new form of hand to popcorn combat, time permitting.
Sat April 16 at 7:00pm – Get Shorty - Introduction by Sara Smit, lecturer with the Faculty of Business Administration at the University of Regina
In Theatre only
Loanshark Chili Palmer has done his time as a gangster, so when "business" takes him to Los Angeles to collect a debt from down and out filmmaker Harry Zimm, he talks tough and then pitches Harry a script idea. Everything would be smooth for this cool new producer, if it weren't for the drug smugglers and gangsters who won't leave him alone.
Sara Smit received an undergraduate degree in Cultural Studies (2005) and a Master's degree in English Literature (Public Texts, 2009) from Trent University. Much of that Masters work focused on popular culture, horror fiction, and the creative process. Sara is also interested in crime and detective fiction, reality/unreality in television and film, print culture, and creative writing - both exploring the creative process from an academic standpoint and as a well-published crime/horror writer.
Sat April 23 at 7:00pm - The Big Sleep - Jeff Keshen, President of the University of Regina
Private detective, Philip Marlowe, is hired by a wealthy family. Before the complex case is over, he's seen murder, blackmail, and what might be love.
Jeff Keshen is an award-winning historian and teacher as well as the President of the University of Regina. He has written or edited 15 books and numerous articles and conference papers focused on Canadian history, particularly military history and the history of the home front, including Propaganda and Censorship in Canada's Great War and Saints, Sinners, and Soldiers. He is particularly interested in what novels and films reveal about the processes and consequences of social change.
Sat April 30 at 7:00pm - Witness for the Prosecution - Dr. Michael Horacki, lecturer in the Department of English
Directed by Billy Wilder and starring screen legends Tyrone Power, Marlene Dietrich, and Charles Laughton, this courtroom drama left audiences reeling from its surprise twists and shocking climax. When a wealthy widow is found murdered, her married suitor, Leonard Vole (Power), is accused of the crime. Vole's only hope for acquittal is the testimony of his wife (Dietrich)…but his airtight alibi shatters when she reveals some shocking secrets of her own!
Michael Horacki completed his PhD in English from the University of Saskatchewan in 2018, and is a lecturer at the University of Regina. Michael’s specialities are literary theory and modernism. His current research examines how inter-war British novelists such as Virginia Woolf, Evelyn Waugh, and George Orwell understood the relationships between individuals, interpersonal groups, and society.
Be sure also to check out these mystery-themed family matinees!
Sat April 2 at 3:00pm Matinee – Holes (in theatre only)
Young Stanley Yelnats finds himself at Camp Green Lake, where digging a hole a day keeps the warden at bay and "builds character". An ancient family curse still dogs Stanley and he's thrown headlong into the adventure of his life. Stanley and his campmates will have to forge fast friendships to unearth the mystery of what's really going on in the desert.
Sat April 16 at 3:00pm Matinee - Reel Monsters
Four teens are swept into the adventure of a lifetime when they uncover mysterious reel of film that has a connection not only to the legend of Bigfoot but to a missing father. They go deep into the woods to unravel the mystery.
Sat April 23 at 3:00pm Matinee - The Mysterious Note
A businessman brings his reluctant family to a small town so he can repossess a hardware store. His son befriends some local kids and together they uncover a mystery that, if solved could change everything.
Sat April 30 at 3:00pm Matinee - Hidden Orchard Mysteries: The Case of the Air B&B Robbery
When a robbery occurs in their peaceful neighborhood two best friends try to find the culprit but it won’t be easy when some of their closest neighbors are the most likely suspects.