Wednesday, April 5, 2017

100 Best Canadian Films - Marcel Jean

Marcel Jean is the second guest contributor to 100 Best Canadian Films, after Mike Hoolboom and my own list. Jean, among many other things, is the general director of the Cinémathèque québécoise, a great supporter of animation, the author of one of my favorite cinema books Dictionnaire des Films Québécois, and the director of the surprising and remarkable documentary État critique, which follows a few cultural critics as they go about their days and discuss their responsibilities. These lists are meant to be personal ruminations on our national film history.  - D.D.
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Marcel Jean’s 100 Best Canadian Films
Begone Dull Care                                        Norman McLaren, Evelyn Lambart    (1949)
Neighbours                                                   Norman McLaren                               (1952)
Tit-Coq                                                         Gratien Gélinas, René Delacroix         (1953)
Corral                                                           Colin Low                                           (1954)
Blinkity Blank                                             Norman McLaren                               (1955)
City of Gold                                                 Wolf Koenig, Colin Low                     (1957)
Les brûlés                                                     Bernard Devlin                                    (1958)
Les raquetteurs                                            Michel Brault, Gilles Groulx              (1958)
Félix Leclerc troubadour                            Claude Jutra                                        (1958)
Universe                                                        Roman Kroitor, Colin Low                 (1960)

Very Nice, Very Nice                                    Arthur Lipsett                                       (1961)
Bûcherons de la Manouane                         Arthur Lamothe                                  (1962)
Lonely Boy                                                    Wolf Koenig, Roman Kroitor             (1962)
Pour la suite du monde                                Michel Brault, Pierre Perrault             (1963)
À tout prendre                                               Claude Jutra                                        (1963)
Le chat dans le sac                                        Gilles Groulx                                       (1964)
Nobody Waved Good-bye                             Don Owen                                          (1964)
La vie heureuse de Léopold Z                     Gilles Carle                                         (1965)
The Ernie Game                                           Don Owen                                          (1967)
«The Things I Cannot Change»                 Tanya Ballantine                                 (1967)

Warrendale                                                   Allan King                                           (1967)
Wavelength                                                   Michael Snow                                     (1967)
De mère en fille                                            Anne Claire Poirier                             (1968)
Don’t Let the Angels Fall                            George Kaczender                               (1968)
Pas de deux                                                   Norman McLaren                               (1968)
Prologue                                                        Robin Spry                                         (1969)
The Act of the Heart                                    Paul Almond                                       (1970)
Goin’ Down the Road                                  Don Shebib                                         (1970)
Mon oncle Antoine                                       Claude Jutra                                        (1971)
Sad Song of Yellow Skin                              Michael Rubbo                                   (1971)

La région centrale                                        Michael Snow                                     (1971)
Le bonhomme                                               Pierre Maheu                                      (1972)
Variations on a Cellophane Wrapper        David Rimmer                                     (1972)
La vraie nature de Bernadette                   Gilles Carle                                          (1972)
Les dernières fiançailles                              Jean Pierre Lefebvre                            (1973)
À votre santé                                                 Georges Dufaux                                  (1974)
Réjeanne Padovani                                       Denys Arcand                                     (1974)
The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz       Ted Kotcheff                                       (1974)
La faim                                                           Peter Foldès                                        (1974)
Les ordres                                                      Michel Brault                                      (1974)

La tête de Normande St-Onge                    Gilles Carle                                         (1975)
L’eau chaude, l’eau frette                           André Forcier                                      (1976)
The Street                                                     Caroline Leaf                                       (1976)
The Far Shore                                              Joyce Wieland                                     (1976)
L’affaire Bronswik                                       Robert Awad, André Leduc                (1978)
L’âge de la machinne                                   Gilles Carle                                         (1978)
Getting Started                                             Richard Condie                                   (1979)
Les bons débarras                                        Francis Mankiewicz                           (1980)
Premiers jours                                              Clorinda Warny                                  (1980)
La cuisine rouge                                           Paule Baillargeon, Frédérique Collin (1980)

Crac!                                                             Frédéric Back                                      (1981)
Elvis Gratton                                                Pierre Falardeau, Julien Poulin            (1981)
Les Plouffe                                                    Gilles Carle                                         (1981)
Au clair de la lune                                        André Forcier                                      (1982)
La bête lumineuse                                        Pierre Perrault                                     (1982)
Souvenirs de guerre                                     Pierre Hébert                                       (1982)
Videodrome                                                  David Cronenberg                               (1983)
Le dernier glacier                                         Roger Frappier, Jacques Leduc           (1984)
Visage pâle                                                    Claude Gagnon                                    (1985)
The Big Snit                                                  Richard Condie                                   (1985)

Le déclin de l’empire américain                 Denys Arcand                                     (1986)
Family Viewing                                            Atom Egoyan                                      (1987)
I’ve Heard the Mermaids Singing              Patricia Rozema                                  (1987)
A Winter Tan                                                John Walker, Jackie Burroughs…       (1987)
L’homme qui plantait des arbres               Frédéric Back                                      (1987)
Oscar Thiffault                                             Serge Giguère                                      (1987)
Alias Will James                                          Jacques Godbout                                 (1988)
Dead Ringers                                                David Cronenberg                               (1988)
Train of Dreams                                           John N. Smith                                     (1988)
La Sarrasine                                                 Paul Tana                                            (1991)

Léolo                                                              Jean-Claude Lauzon                            (1992)
Secret Nation                                                Michael Jones                                     (1992)
Bob’s Birthday                                             David Fine, Alison Snowden              (1993)
32 Short Films About Glenn Gould           François Girard                                   (1993)
Hard Core Logo                                           Bruce McDonald                                (1996)
Hustler White                                               Bruce LaBruce                                    (1996)
Quiconque meurt, meurt à douleurs         Robert Morin                                      (1997)
Rosaire et la petite nation                           Benoit Pilon                                        (1997)
Le chapeau                                                    Michèle Cournoyer                             (1999)
eXistenZ                                                        David Cronenberg                               (1999)

When the Day Breaks                                  Wendy Tilby, Amanda Forbis            (1999)
Atanarjuat: the Fast Runner                      Zacharias Kunuk                                 (2001)
Le fil cassé                                                     Michel Langlois                                  (2002)
The Corporation                                           Jennifer Abbott, Mark Achbar           (2003)
La face cachée de la lune                             Robert Lepage                                     (2003)
Ryan                                                              Chris Landreth                                    (2004)
C.R.A.Z.Y.                                                    Jean-Marc Vallée                                (2005)
Les états nordiques                                      Denis Côté                                          (2005)
La neuvaine                                                  Bernard Émond                                   (2005)
Congorama                                                   Philippe Falardeau                              (2006)

Up the Yangtze                                             Yung Chang                                         (2007)
My Winnipeg                                                Guy Maddin                                       (2007)
Isabelle au bois dormant                             Claude Cloutier                                   (2007)
Trees of Syntax, Leaves of Axis                  Daïchi Saïto                                         (2009)
Incendies                                                       Denis Villeneuve                                 (2010)
En terrains connus                                       Stéphane Lafleur                                 (2011)
Le démentèlement                                       Sébastien Pilote                                   (2013)
Mommy                                                        Xavier Dolan                                       (2014)
Mynarski Death Plummet                          Matthew Rankin                                  (2014)
Quiet Zone                                                   Karl Lemieux, David Bryant               (2014)

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