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Hubert Reeves: Star Teller

2002 52 min
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Hubert Reeves is an astrophysicist whose honours from the scientific community include the Albert Einstein award. But Reeves is known to the public as a wonderful popularizer of scientific ideas, possessed of an exceptional talent at combining science and humanism. As a child growing up near Lac St-Louis in Quebec, Reeves was fascinated by nature and its relationship to the rest of the universe. This fascination led him to Cornell University, where he studied with some of the great scientific minds of the 20th century. A raconteur, Reeves tells stories about his remarkable professors, men like Hans Bethe, Philip Morrrison …

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Hubert Reeves: Star Teller

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Hubert Reeves is an astrophysicist whose honours from the scientific community include the Albert Einstein award. But Reeves is known to the public as a wonderful popularizer of scientific ideas, possessed of an exceptional talent at combining science and humanism.

As a child growing up near Lac St-Louis in Quebec, Reeves was fascinated by nature and its relationship to the rest of the universe. This fascination led him to Cornell University, where he studied with some of the great scientific minds of the 20th century. A raconteur, Reeves tells stories about his remarkable professors, men like Hans Bethe, Philip Morrrison and Bob Wilson, whose research led to the atom bomb. Reeves also offers revealing anecdotes about Einstein, Niels Bohr, Oppenheimer and Teller.

With his usual enthusiasm, Reeves highlights milestones in astrophysics, showing us a view of the moon as seen by Galileo in 1609, and remarkable photos of galaxies colliding billions of light-years away. Along with stunning visuals, we listen as Reeves explains history and theory in a highly accessible way.

A committed ecologist, Reeves warns about the deterioration of our planet. In the face of explosive economic globalization, Reeves believes that the globalization of ecological movements offers hope.
  • participant
    Guy Raimbault
    André Devert
    Jacques Véry
    Frédéric Lenoir
    Norma David
    Richard Lalumière
    Christiane Hudon
  • researcher
    Iolande Cadrin-Rossignol
  • writer
    Iolande Cadrin-Rossignol
  • director
    Iolande Cadrin-Rossignol
  • assistant director
    Doris Lapierre
  • editing
    Sophie Leblond
  • cinematography
    Philippe Lavalette
  • location sound
    Diane Carrière
    Hubert Macé de Gastines
  • sound editing
    André Chaput
  • camera assistant
    Manuel Lavalette
  • archival research
    Catherine Beaudoin
  • stills photographer
    Philippe Lavalette
  • narration
    Iolande Cadrin-Rossignol
  • original music
    Yves Beaupré
  • re-recording
    Serge Boivin
  • foley
    Stéphane Cadotte
  • foley assistant
    Antonio Mari
  • foley recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • narration recording
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • online editing
    Denis Pilon
    Sylvain Desbiens
  • titles
    Gaspard Gaudreau
  • subtitles
    Kathleen Fleming
  • technical coordination
    Richard Cliche
    France Couture
  • administration
    Colette Brodeur
    Johanne Dubuc
  • administrative team
    Patrice Filion
    Florence François
    Dany Delpy
    Lise Fortin Roy
    Lise Lévesque
  • distribution officer
    Élise Labbé
  • line producer
    Christian Medawar
    Christiane Germain
  • producer
    André Gladu

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Education

Ages 11 to 17
This film is an excellent way to introduce students to astrophysics. Through the personal story of Hubert Reeves, students become familiar with various scientific phenomena and personalities. After viewing the film, students can be asked to research one of the science subject covered. The documentary may be broken down into several segments, depending on the science subject to be focused on in class. It can also be worthwhile to highlight what sorts of factors can motivate someone to become a scientist.