Director: Paul Jay Run Time: 93min Genre(s): Documentary
Bret Sergeant Hart — known in the professional wrestling world as Bret “The Hitman” Hart — was one of the greatest pro wrestlers in the sport’s history.
In 1997, at the Summer Series in Montreal, Hart put his WWF (now WWE) title on the line against Shawn Michaels, where the two privately agreed to end the fight with a no contest conclusion.
Referred to in the wrestling community as the “Montreal Screwjob,” the agreement was believed to be a secret betrayal of Hart, who was one of the WWF’s most popular performers. In the end, Michaels won the match, and Hart lost his title.
Jay’s award-winning documentary is an honest and engaging look at a world-famous career of highs and lows.
Venue: Galaxy Cinemas North Bay
Date: April 17, 2019
Time: 7:00 PM
Ticket price: Free
Event Primary Language: English
Guest(s): Dann Jarris
Event Details: About this free event:
“Local celebrity and professional wrestler Dann Jarris will join to talk about regional wrestling events and introduce the films […] a glimpse into the lives of professional wrestlers from some of wrestling’s beginnings in the early 1960’s and then from the 1990’s.”
Wrestling (1961, 27 min.)
A candid-camera view of professional wrestling as seen in the Montréal Forum, where some of the biggest bouts are staged, and in back-street wrestling parlors where the warriors practice their art. Nothing escapes the probing camera as well-muscled tyros grapple, punch, squirm, roar and grimace, adding their own variations of showmanship to amuse and excite the crowd.
Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows (1998, 93 min.)
In this feature-length documentary, director Paul Jay was given unprecedented access to the world of Bret Hart and pro wrestling as his camera followed Bret “the Hitman” Hart for one year. Going behind the tightly guarded walls of wrestling’s spectacle and theatre, the film explores the meaning of today’s wrestling morality plays. As fantasy crosses into real life, the true story of Bret Hart’s struggle with Vince McMahon, the legendary owner of the WWE (formerly WWF), is revealed. Hitman Hart: Wrestling with Shadows climaxes with the tale of the biggest double-cross in pro wrestling.
Presented by Wawasayg Festival & Zakide Collective.
About this free event:
Accessibility: Venue deemed accessible by event host.
Galaxy Cinemas North Bay, 300 Lakeshore Dr., North Bay, ON, P1A 3V2