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The Performer

The Performer

| 58 min

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This 1959 feature documentary is a foray into Canada’s art milieu. What is it like to be a Canadian artist? Answering this central question are Teresa Stratas, winner of Metropolitan Opera auditions; acclaimed lyric tenor Léopold Simoneau and his talented wife, soprano Pierrette Alarie; the National Ballet Company of Canada’s artistic director, Celia Franca and leading male dancer, David Adams; as well as jazz pianist Oscar Peterson, whom we visit at 3 o'clock in the morning at Boston's Storyville Club. The film also includes interviews with radio and television actor John Drainie, Christopher Plummer and Jean Gascon, director of Montreal's Théâtre du Nouveau Monde.

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The Performer, Donald Ginsberg, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • director
    Donald Ginsberg
  • producer
    David Bairstow
  • script
    Frank Lalor
  • photography
    François Séguillon
    André Kaufman
  • host
    Herbert Whittaker