Poet: Irving Layton Observed

This feature documentary is a portrait of the life and work of Canadian poet Irving Layton. Here, the artist who long masked himself in controversy, unexpectedly agrees to be unmasked in front of the camera. The 1981 Nobel nominee not only reads and explicates his own writings, but also speaks incisively about Canadian literature itself, defining it metaphorically as a "double hook" that combines "beauty and terror."

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Comments

  • scandia@ns.sympatico.ca

    “He is, of course, provocative and the documentary shows his flamboyant personality. One might not agree with everything he says (Choke cherries do not die- they are the seeds of the next generation) The strength of the documentary comes mainly from his recitals and the comments he makes on his own poetry. Poetry is a mirror of the creators soul and a window to his (or her) personality.” — scandia@ns.sympatico.ca, 16 Mar 2012

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Film Credits

director
Donald Winkler
producer
William Brind
photography
Barry Perles
sound
Claude Hazanavicius
Jean-Guy Normandin
editing
Torben Schioler
sound editing
Abbey Jack Neidik
music
Alain Clavier

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