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“Top Secret” lost erotic masterpiece to screen at the Mayfair

By Alejandro Bustos on February 21, 2013

This coming Saturday the Mayfair Theatre at 1074 Bank Street is screening a special, top-secret film that is no longer in distribution. The movie is part of the Super Secret Saturday Night Sinema series, which takes place on the last weekend of each month.

According to the Mayfair’s website, the film is “a DD-dose of dangerous, disreputable, not-in-distribution cinema from a true master of trash filmmaking — presented in glorious 35 mm!”

So what can moviegoers expect to see at the show?

“It’s not porn,” assures Lee Demarbre, programmer for the Mayfair. “It’s a masterpiece of erotic cinema directed by the Alfred Hitchcock of the genre that was shot in British Columbia.”

Besides that intriguing description, Demarbre was purposefully coy, as he didn’t want to ruin the surprise over a phone interview by naming the movie. What he did reveal, however, is that the film received an X-rating from the Motion Picture Association of America and is no longer in distribution.

Demarbre tells Apartment613 that movie theatres need to work with a distributor whenever they show a film, and that when a movie stops being in distribution it cannot be screened. Luckily for local film buffs there is a loophole around this hurdle, namely, a showing can take place if it’s a private screening.

Cue the Mayfair patrons who are members and who can see the movie for free. If you are not a member, you can still watch the film if you get a membership card at a cost of $10. As this is technically a private screening, regular non-membership tickets will not be on sale.

The Super Secret Sinema series responds to requests by members for edgier material.

“We have a lot of regulars who are looking for more titillating stuff,” says Demarbre. “We got feedback from members who said, ‘we don’t need to know what it is we’ll just show up.’”

If you want to find out what all of the fuss is about the film is scheduled to start at 10:45 pm.