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Sunday, Dec 4, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.

Set in a Catskills resort in the summer of 1963, it is a 17 year old girl’s coming-of-age fantasy and a bright dance musical about the role dancing had in the embryonic counterculture. Our rich girl teen heroine, Baby (Jennifer Grey), ascends to spiritual and sensual perfection as a result of self-discovery through dance, sexual initiation and her commitment to the resort’s working-class dance instructor, Johnny (Patrick Swayze) But, there’s more going on in the film than pelvic grinds and oiled chests. The evocation of the early 1960s—often romanticized as a time before America’s collective loss of innocence—has a delicate edge of self-mockery. There’s plenty here that’s grim and seedy, even in the self-contained world of the summer resort as laid out by screenwriter Eleanor Bergstein.

Reminiscent of PRETTY IN PINK and FLASHDANCE, this well-crafted piece of 1980s fluff has undeniable charms that the viewer (voyeur?) can’t help getting carried away by.  It’s what Hollywood does best, after all. Much of it has become part of pop-culture including the line uttered by Swayze: ‘‘Nobody puts baby in a corner’’ and the catchy mega-hit song, Time Of My Life.

And since CFS is all about offering you something you simply won’t find elsewhere, we will present live ‘dirty dance’ numbers from local stars of Montreal’s steamy Burlesque scene. After viewing such lascivious thrills on stage and our lovely 35mm stereophonic print on screen, you’ll leave the cinema giggling with feel-good sentiment and an uncontrollable groove in your step.

Date and Time

Sunday, Dec 4, 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m.


Admission: 9$, 7$ (étudiant.e.s/students, 65+) Billets disponibles sur place à partir de 18h/Tickets available at the door from 6pm


J.A. de Sève cinema, Maisonneuve Boulevard West, Montreal, QC