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31st Toronto Jewish Film Festival June 1 - 11, 2023

Slow Dance on the Killing Ground


Screening Information

June 16 – June 26
TJFF Virtual Cinema

Film Details

Country Canada
Year 1967
Running Time 90 MIN
Language English
Director Melwyn Breen

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A bold and gritty TV production, this CBC adaptation of William Hanley’s critically-acclaimed off-broadway play marked Marilyn Lightstone’s first major onscreen role, and co-stars a very young Billy Dee Williams. In a sleazy unnamed New York district as news of the Eichmann execution is spreading around the world, three individuals—played by Lightstone, Williams and Gillie Fenwick—meet and are forced to reflect on the guilt which haunts them. “Produced and directed with great sensitivity by Melwin Breen, Hanley’s play emerged with its essential theatricality intact—in the sense that it remained a stage play rather than a film—yet remarkably fluid in action and intensely personal as a TV experience.” (The Ottawa Citizen)

This program is presented as originally created. It may contain outdated cultural depictions.

Part of the special archival series, HONOURING MARILYN LIGHSTONE.

Photo credit: CBC Still Photo Collection

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