Making Movie History: Roger Blais

Making Movie History: Roger Blais

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One life, many chapters! Blais began his working life as a wartime artist in Europe. Returning to Canada in 1945, he was recruited to the NFB by Grierson himself. Blais would develop enormous respect for the famous Scot, and his last film, Monsieur John Grierson (1974), is dedicated to his memory. Among the few early francophone directors at the NFB, Blais defended his right to work in his own language. Named executive producer of Studio F, the so-called French Unit, in 1954, he argued for a fully fledged independent French-language program. Following a remarkably prolific career at the NFB, he moved on to an impressive set of new challenges—leading a UN anthropology mission to New Guinea, running the audiovisual department for Expo 67, and more. He died in 2012 at the age of 95.

This interview is part of Making Movie History: A Portrait in 61 Parts.

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Making Movie History: Roger Blais, Denys Desjardins, offert par l'Office national du film du Canada

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    Denys Desjardins
    Marion Duhaime-Morissette
    Claire Bourbonnais
    Sylvia Mezei
    Catherine Benoît
  • recherche
    Denys Desjardins
  • entrevues
    Denys Desjardins
  • réalisation
    Denys Desjardins
  • montage image
    Denys Desjardins
  • producteur
    Johanne Bergeron
  • participation
    Roger Blais
  • recherche photographique
    Marion Duhaime-Morissette
  • archives
    Yvon Larocque
    Claude Lord
  • conservation
    Johanne St-Amant
  • laboratoire
    Johanne St-Amant
  • sweetning
    Luc Papineau
  • musique originale
    Luc Papineau
  • montage additionnel
    Babalou Hamelin
  • montage en ligne
    Denis Gathelier
  • traitement image
    Mélanie Bouchard
  • agent, marketing
    Geneviève Bérard
  • administrateur
    Sia Koukoulas
    Manon Provencher
  • coordonnateur de production
    Hélène Regimbal
    Dominique Brunet
  • adjoint administratif
    Perrine Bral
    Sophie Dupuis
    Lise Lévesque
  • coordonnateur technique
    Richard Cliche
  • direction programme français
    Monique Simard