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Cinema as History - Michel Brault and Modern Quebec

Cinema as History

Michel Brault and Modern Quebec

By André Loiselle
Subjects Film & Media
Series Toronto International Film Festival Hide Details
Paperback : 9780968913260, 250 pages, September 2007

Table of contents

Table of Contents for Cinema as History: Michel Brault and Modern Quebec by André Loiselle

Foreword | Piers Handling

1. Michel Brault: A Witness to the History of (Cinema in) Quebec

Le Dément du lac Jean-Jeunes

Mouvement perpetual

Matin

Chronique d’un été

Petites Médisances

La Petite Aurore, l’enfant martyre

La Lutte

2. Images and Sounds of a Collectivity: Les Raquetteurs and the Birth of Modern Quebec Cinema

The Days Before Christmas

Les Raquetteurs

Les Mains nettes

Félix Leclerc, troubadour

Québec-USA ou l’invasion pacifique

Seul ou avec d’autres

3. The Cinema of the Quiet Revolution: Between Modernity and Tradition

Pour la suite du monde

Le Temps perdu

Geneviève

Les Enfants du silence

Entre la mer et l’eau douce

4. The October Crisis and the Transformation of Quebec Nationalism

Les Ordres

L’Acadie, l’Acadie?!?

Éloge du Chiac

Le Son des Français d’Amérique

Le Temps de l’avant

5. From One Referendum to the Other: Ethnic Diversity and Nostalgia

Les Noces de papier

Shabbat Shalom!

Mon amie Max

Diogène

La Dernière Partie

Quand je serai parti ... vous vivrez encore

Ozias Leduc ... comme l’espace et le temps

6. Conclusion: Territorial Nationalism and La Maniac

La Maniac

 

Endnotes

Filmography

Bibliography

Description

With a career spanning more than five decades, director and cinematographer Michel Brault is one of the most influential figures in Québécois cinema. Cinema as History: Michel Brault and Modern Quebec is André Loiselle’s study of his life and his work. Brault’s early works, including Les Raquetteurs (co-directed with Gilles Groulx) and Pour la Suite du Monde (co-directed with Pierre Perrault) reflected a hitherto unacknowledged and unfulfilled need on the part of Québécois society to see their own culture reflected onscreen—and helped spark a cultural renaissance in Quebec. His 1974 fiction feature Les Ordres, which deals with the FLQ crisis and the invocation of the War Measures Act by then prime minister Pierre Trudeau, has consistently been listed as one of the best Québécois and Canadian films. Brault’s work as cinematographer has been equally essential, with groundbreaking films like Claude Jutra’s Mon Oncle Antoine (1971) and Francis Mankiewicz’s Les Bons Débarras (1980). He was a key contributor to the development of the cinema-verité movement, serving as cinematographer on French director Jean Rouch’s legendary Chronique d'un été (1961).

André Loiselle’s study of Brault’s work and career moves beyond traditional auteurist studies to explore how Brault’s work reflected (and in some cases helped instigate) changes in Quebec society over four decades. More than any other filmmaker, Brault managed to capture the culture’s zeitgeist.

Published by the Toronto International Film Festival. Distributed in Canada by Wilfrid Laurier University Press. Distributed outside Canada by Indiana University Press.