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.

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Film Credits

participant
Léopold Tremblay
Alexis Tremblay
Abel Harvey
Louis Harvey
Joachim Harvey
director
Pierre Perrault
Michel Brault
sound
Marcel Carrière
film editor
Werner Nold
sound editor
Pierre Lemelin
re-recording
Ron Alexander
Roger Lamoureux
narrator
Vlasta Vrana
recording
William E. Schevill

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