Making Movie History: Fernand Dansereau

Making Movie History: Fernand Dansereau

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History placed Fernand Dansereau in the right place at the right time. In 1960, at the age of 32, after a few years as writer and director, he was named producer at the NFB. It was the dawn of the Quiet Revolution and the agency was in creative foment. Dansereau produced seminal early work by Lamothe (Bûcherons de la Manouane, 1962); Groulx and Gosselin (Voir Miami, 1963); Arcand (Champlain, 1964); and Brault and Perrault (Pour la suite du monde, 1963). A well-rounded artist, he became a driving force in Quebec's private film and TV industry, returning to the NFB to direct Quelques raison d'espérer (2001), a profile of his cousin, ecologist Pierre Dansereau. The tireless Dansereau recently directed La brunante (2007), a feature film that reunited him with actress Monique Mercure 40 years after their collaboration on Ça n'est pas le temps des romans.

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

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