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Making Movie History: Claude Godbout

Making Movie History: Claude Godbout

| 6 min

Claude Godbout was a young actor in experimental theatre when he caught the eye of Gilles Groulx, who cast him in Le chat dans le sac (1964). Captured on celluloid by cinematographer Jean-Claude Labrecque, Godbout became an iconic figure for young French Canadians, caught up in the throes of the Quiet Revolution. Le chat dans le sac, along with Claude Jutra's À tout prendre (1963), came to epitomize the energy of Direct Cinema: together they propelled Quebec film into modernity. Turning away from acting, Godbout tried his hand at directing before founding Productions Prisma with friends. The company produced important features like Les ordres (Brault, 1974) and Les bons débarras (Mankiewicz, 1980). Godbout's recent produciton credits include the series Cinéma québécois (2008) and the documentary Le rêve américain (Boulianne, 2014).

This interview is part of Making Movie History: A Portrait in 61 Parts.

  • original idea
    Denys Desjardins
  • researcher
    Denys Desjardins
  • interviews
    Denys Desjardins
  • direction
    Denys Desjardins
  • editing
    Denys Desjardins
  • producer
    Johanne Bergeron
  • coordination
    Marion Duhaime-Morissette
  • photographic research
    Marion Duhaime-Morissette
  • rights clearances
    Claire Bourbonnais
    Sylvia Mezei
  • archives
    Yvon Larocque
    Claude Lord
  • conservation
    Richard Cournoyer
    Johanne St-Amant
  • laboratory
    Richard Cournoyer
    Johanne St-Amant
  • sweetening
    Luc Papineau
  • original music
    Luc Papineau
  • additional editing
    Babalou Hamelin
  • online editing
    Denis Gathelier
  • image treatment
    Mélanie Bouchard
  • marketing manager
    Geneviève Bérard
  • marketing assistant
    Catherine Benoît
  • studio administrator
    Sia Koukoulas
    Manon Provencher
  • production coordinator
    Hélène Regimbal
    Dominique Brunet
  • administrative assistant
    Perrine Bral
    Sophie Dupuis
    Lise Lévesque
  • technical coordinator
    Richard Cliche
  • director of the French Program
    Monique Simard


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