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The Skiff of Renald and Thomas ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB520377
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  Michel Brault
Directors:  Bernard Gosselin
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal), Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Arts, Documentary, Social Issues
Language:  French
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1980
Running Time:  57:51


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Five men work together in a communal effort to build a skiff on Ile-aux-Coudres, an island in the St. Lawrence River. It is built in a traditional fashion, all the more remarkable because no blueprint is used. The film does not merely record a building tradition, it reveals the character of the craftsmen, who are influenced by a pre-industrial way of life underscored by spontaneity and wit.


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