Of Whales, the Moon and Men

Of Whales, the Moon and Men

In 1962, legendary Quebec directors Pierre Perrault and Michel Brault took their cameras to Île-aux-Coudres, an island in the St. Lawrence, where for centuries fishermen had caught belugas with a unique technique: the men sank a trap of saplings into offshore mud at low tide to capture the white whale. This tradition was abandoned in 1920, but the NFB filmmakers persuaded some oldtimers to revive the practice. This is the unrehearsed story of what happened. In black and white. This film was made by Pierre Perrault, Michel Brault and Marcel Carrière.

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  • participant
    Léopold Tremblay
    Alexis Tremblay
    Abel Harvey
    Louis Harvey
    Joachim Harvey
  • director
    Pierre Perrault
    Michel Brault
  • sound
    Marcel Carrière
  • film editor
    Werner Nold
  • assistant cameraman
    Bernard Gosselin
  • sound editor
    Pierre Lemelin
  • re-recording
    Ron Alexander
    Roger Lamoureux
  • guitar
    Jean Cousineau
  • flute
    Jean Meunier
  • narrator
    Vlasta Vrana
  • translation
    Kathleen Fleming
    Nora Alleyn
  • recording
    William E. Schevill
  • executive producer
    Fernand Dansereau