Making Movie History: Roger Racine

Making Movie History: Roger Racine

| 5 min

The term “pioneer” has rarely been so appropriate: Roger Racine was the first francophone cinematographer at the NFB, the first French Canadian to direct photography on a feature film, and a member of the very first TV crew at Radio-Canada. Hired by John Grierson in 1942, Racine would assist cinematographer Boris Kaufman, a newly arrived refugee from occupied France. Noted for his masterful work on Jean Vigo’s < (1934), Kaufman would influence Racine’s early work on < (1949) and La petite Aurore l’enfant martyre< (1951)—feature films released during the ultra-conservative Duplessis years. Racine worked as a director at Radio-Canada from 1952 to 1964, and went on to found his own production company, Cinéfilms, now run by his son Christian.

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

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Making Movie History: Roger Racine, Denys Desjardins, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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    Denys Desjardins
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    Johanne Bergeron