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Making Movie History: Paule Baillargeon

Making Movie History: Paule Baillargeon

| 6 min

Paule Baillargeon was among the members of the Grand Cirque Ordinaire, an adventurous theatre collective that burst onto the scene in 1969. Shifting to cinema, she had roles in Entre tu et vous (Groulx, 1969) and Le temps de l'avant (Poirier, 1975), in which her character confronts the issue of abortion. The role set the tone for her career: feminist by necessity, she would approach cinema as a form of rebellion. With La cuisine rouge (1979), she directed her first feature film, and with Vie d'Ange, she shared a writing credit with Pierre Harel. The '80s brought a string of strong roles--in films by Jutra, Pool, Rozema, Leduc--but she gravitated to directing with Sonia (1986) and Le sexe des étoiles (1993). Her most recent documentary is Trente tableaux (2011), an autobiographical work that draws upon her multiple talents.

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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