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26TH TORONTO JEWISH FILM FESTIVALFESTIVAL MAY 3-13, 2018

The Play’s The Thing: The Bells of Hell

Archival

Screening Information

May 13 - 7:00PM
Innis Town Hall

Film Details

Country Canada
Year 1974
Running Time 60 MIN
Language English
Director George Jonas
Themes Diaspora,
Made in Canada,
Urban stories
Rating 14A

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Description

The Bells of Hell is an original teleplay written by Mordecai Richler for the CBC anthology series The Play’s The Thing. Manny Berger (Henry Morgan), a middle-aged Toronto lawyer suffers a nervous breakdown when he becomes convinced that a prostitution ring is running on the twelfth floor of his office building. Richler's wicked humour is on full display, as he takes on Toronto’s Jewish community with a script that is “arresting, raw-nerved and uncompromising” (Charles Foran). The production caused a stir when the CBC television head at the time cancelled the show’s broadcast out of fear that it might be offensive to Jews; but after media protests, the programme aired a month later.

Presentation Details

Guest Reinhold Kramer, author of Mordecai Richler: Leaving St. Urbain
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