Ivan Reitman’s First Movie “Orientation” (1968)

Final night time, we sadly discovered of the passing of Ivan Reitman, director of many beloved comedies–Meatballs (1979), Stripes (1981), Ghostbusters (1984), and past.

Born in Czechoslovakia in 1946–his mom an Auschwitz survivor and his father an underground resistance fighter–Reitman moved to Canada as a younger little one, the place he ultimately attended McMaster College. And there he “produced and directed Orientation [in 1968], essentially the most profitable pupil movie ever made in Canada,” writes Macleans. “Produced at a value of $1,800 whereas Reitman was president of the McMaster College Movie Board, Orientation — the story of a freshman throughout his first week at college — was acquired by Twentieth CenturyFox of Canada as a “featurette” to accompany John And Mary in first-run engagements throughout the nation.” “It earned $15,000 in leases and continues to be in demand…” You’ll be able to watch it above, or on McMaster’s web site.

For anybody excited by listening to Reitman talk about his improvement as a filmmaker, we’d advocate listening to his 2014 interview with Marc Maron.

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