The City as a Surface for Play: Four Short Films

Event, in English and French, Paul Desmarais Theatre, 12 March

A series of four short films presents pedestrians, a red balloon, skateboarders in Westmount and a concrete schoolyard as instigators of vital urban activity and recreation:

Walking (Canada, 1968), dir. Ryan Larkin. Duration: 5 minutes, 6 seconds. No dialogue.

Le ballon rouge (France, 1957), dir. Albert Lamorisse. Duration: 34 minutes. In French with English subtitles.

The Devil’s Toy (Canada, 1966), dir. Claude Jutra. Duration: 15 minutes. In French with English subtitles.

Blacktop: A Story of the Washing of a School Play Yard (United States, 1952), Charles & Ray Eames Office. Duration: 11 minutes. No dialogue.

The short films are part of a series of lectures and films presented in conjunction with the exhibition Actions: What You Can Do With the City (2008), which explores public actions in urban environments and their impact on contemporary society.


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