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Monsieur John Grierson

Monsieur John Grierson

| 57 min

Long métrage documentaire sur John Grierson, père du documentaire ainsi que fondateur et premier commissaire de l’Office national du film. Des gens qui l'ont connu et de proches collaborateurs dressent le portrait de ce cinéaste original, de ce travailleur consciencieux, qui a radicalement renouvelé le documentaire comme genre cinématographique.

  • director
    Roger Blais
  • producer
    Roger Blais
  • executive producer
    David Bairstow
  • commentary
    Donald Brittain
  • None
    James Beveridge
  • text
    Georges Mayrand
  • images
    Eugene Boyko
    Lewis McLeod
    Michel Thomas-d'Hoste
    Magi Torruella
    Jacques Fogel
  • sound
    Bev Davidson
    Colin Charles
    Gildas LeSausse
    Ron Seltzer
    Hans Oomes
  • editing
    Les Halman
    John Kramer
    Annick de Bellefeuille
  • sound editing
    Bernard Bordeleau
    André Galbrand
  • music editing
    Donald Douglas
  • sound mixer
    Jean-Pierre Joutel
    Claude Delorme
  • narration
    Monique Miller


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Ages 16 to 17

History and Citizenship Education - Culture and Currents of Thought (1500-present)
Media Education - Documentary Film
Media Education - Film and Video Production
Technology Education - Society and Technology

Ask filmmaking students to discuss Grierson's view that reality must be shaped into a narrative in order to be comprehended. Have students practise short documentaries on the same subject, to compare how the message changes with the filmmaker. Ask students to examine the relationship between documentary and democracy, and why Canada was a fertile ground for documentary development. Have students debate Grierson's view that TV is a "domestic instrument of ease."

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