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Two Episodes from the Life of Hubert Aquin ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB525003
Producer:  National Film Board of Canada
Producers:  Jacques Bobet
Directors:  Jacques Godbout
Producing Agencies:  National Film Board of Canada (Montreal),Office national du film du Canada (Montreal)
Subject:  Canadian History, Canadian Literature, Civics, Documentary, French, Language Arts, Literature, Media and Communications
Language:  English
Grade Level:  Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1979
Running Time:  56m 50s


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On March 15, 1977, Hubert Aquin ended his life in the gardens of Villa Maria, Montréal. He had been one of Quebec's most brilliant writers. This film revolves around two episodes in Aquin's life: the first is concerned with the dramatic events leading up to the publication of his first novel; the second recalls, through interviews, the anguish of the months preceding his suicide. An unusual montage technique intercuts excerpts from a feature film in which Aquin was the lead actor with the recollections of people who knew him well. A powerful evocation of an extraordinary man by fellow writer and filmmaker Jacques Godbout.

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