Sat Mar 3, 2018 – 12:00 pm | Domenico’s
Leslie Caron: The Reluctant Star
Directed by Larry Weinstein
USA | 53 min | 2016
Leslie Caron, the beloved star of classic American cinema, is one of the last witnesses to a golden age of the 20th century, a great talent in the worlds of film, dance, and theatre who continues to perform.
Leslie Caron: The Reluctant Star begins in the present and unfolds as a journey that takes us back to a glorious time in Hollywood – a story seen through the prism of a living legend who reveals stories of a life lived large and with passion. It offers a rare and privileged glimpse into the world of the beloved icons of film, dance, and theatre of the 20th century – a world of contradictions, ambitions, dreams, nostalgia, and intense emotion – through one of its most luminous personalities. This insightful documentary reveals the glamour, triumphs, and disappointments of a spectacular career and turbulent personal life.
Larry Weinstein is one of Canada’s most prolific and accomplished documentary filmmakers, and has been honoured with retrospectives around the world and broadcasts in more than 40 countries.
The majority of his 30 award-winning films centre on music and the creative process while his other subjects range from the horrors of war to the pleasures of football. His films consistently push the boundaries of conventional documentary storytelling by employing tools from fiction films, dramatic reconstructions, historical cinematic stylings, and impressionistic visuals.
In 2007, Larry received the Cannes MipDoc International Trailblazer Award with the citation, “Weinstein is a deserving awardee for his creativity, originality, and risk-taking, and for pushing the genre of documentary forward.”