Claude Jutra

  • Claude Jutra – Mon oncle Antoine AKA My Uncle Antoine (1971)

    1971-1980ArthouseCanadaClaude JutraDrama

    All Plot Synopsis by Hal Erickson
    With Mon Oncle Antoine, actor Jean Duceppe established himself as Canada’s principle purveyor of eccentric relatives. Playing the uncle of 15-year-old Jacques Ganon, Duceppe acts as the lad’s confidante through the difficult coming-of-age process. The Canadian backwoods and the mining-town milieu of the 1940s are displayed to excellent nostalgic advantage in this retrospective piece from writer/director Claude Jutra (who also plays a supporting role). Though relatively unknown in the states (and often dismissed as unremarkable by below-the-border critics), Mon Oncle Antoine is regarded as a classic of the Canadian Cinema. The film won an unprecedented eight statuettes at the 1972 Canadian Film Institute Awards, including best picture and best director.Read More »

  • Claude Jutra – Kamouraska (1973) (HD)

    1971-1980ArthouseCanadaClaude JutraDrama

    A writer, Kamouraska is based on a real nineteenth-century love-triangle in rural Québec. It paints a poetic and terrifying tableau of the life of Elisabeth d’Aulnières: her marriage to Antoine Tassy, squire of Kamouraska; his violent murder; and her passion for George Nelson, an American doctor. Passionate and evocative, Kamouraska is the timeless story of one woman’s destructive commitment to an ideal love.Read More »

  • Claude Jutra – Wow (1970)

    1961-1970ArthouseCanadaClaude JutraDocumentary


    Three girls and six boys from the Montreal middle class give of the universe of a certain youth a true, different image from the one we might have imagined. Drugs, love, sex, freedom, authority, social conflicts feed their conversations and are on their minds.Read More »

  • Claude Jutra – À tout prendre (1963)

    1961-1970ArthouseCanadaClaude JutraDrama


    Pierre Jutras wrote:
    At the height of the Quiet Revolution, Claude Jutra brought Quebec cinema directly into modernity.

    Take It All (1963) is the first autobiographical feature film made in Quebec using direct cinema methods and techniques. With its unusual aesthetics focusing on the free and intimate expression of the main protagonists, Claude and Johanne, the film was received with a mix of astonished admiration and righteous indignation. Jutra had dared to recreate on screen his own love story with Johanne Harrelle, one of the first black models on the Montreal and New York fashion scene. It was the first time in America that a bed scene was filmed with a white man and a black woman. Both freely engage in mutual confession, and the game of truth leads Johanne to inquire about Claude’s possible homosexuality. They also have to face the agonizing dilemma of abortion when Johanne gets pregnant.
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