Cinema as History

Cinema as History

Michel Brault and Modern Quebec
André Loiselle
Distribution: Canada
Publication date: 08/20/2009
Format: Paperback 78 b&w illus.
ISBN: 978-0-968-91326-0
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With a career spanning more than five decades, director and cinematographer Michel Brault is one of the most influential figures in Québécois cinema. Brault’s early works, including Les Raquetteurs and Pour la suite du monde, reflect a previously unacknowledged and unfulfilled need on the part of Québécois society to see its own culture depicted onscreen, and helped spark a cultural renaissance in Quebec. His 1974 fiction feature Les Ordres, which deals with the Quebec Liberation Front crisis and the invocation of the War Measures Act, has consistently been listed as one of the best Québécois and Canadian films to date. Brault’s work as cinematographer—on groundbreaking films such as Claude Jutra’s Mon oncle Antoine (1971) and Francis Mankiewicz’s Les Bons Débarras (1980)—and his contributions to the development of the cinema-verité movement, have been equally significant.

Author Bio

André Loiselle is Director of the School of Canadian Studies at Carleton University.

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“See the spark of a five-decade career that ignited a cultural renaissance, watch the development of the cinema-verité movement, and look through the lens of a master cinematographer and one of the most influential figures in Québécois cinema.”

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Table of Contents

Foreword by Piers Hanling
1. Michel Brault: A witness to the History of (Cinema in) Quebec
2. Images and Sounds of a Collectivity: Les Raquetteurs and the Birth of Modern Quebec Cinema
3. The Cinema of the Quet Revolution: Between Modernity and Tradition
4. The October Crisis and the Transformation Quebec Nationalism
5. From One Referendum to the Other: Ethnic Diversity and Nostalgia
6. Conclusion: Territorial Nationalism and La Manic
Endnotes
Filimography
Bibliography

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