Tuesday, August 29, 2017

100 Best Canadian Films – Helen Faradji

It was around 2010 when I discovered Helen Faradji’s regular editorials to the online website of the Québécois film magazine 24 Images. They were stimulating, relevant, critical, written with care and generous. Not only did they engage with the Québécois film community directly but also the rest of the world, the history of cinema and online film culture. This was something unique as the ‘serious’ film critics that I read – the Ciment’s and the Delorme’s – didn’t talk about anything remotely Canadian and the internet was still a terra non grata. Also the magazine itself, with two women in the lead editorship positions (this includes Marie-Claude Loiselle), regularly put forward (and still does) extensive dossiers on the history of Canadian, though specifically Québécois, cinema. The first issue I bought is from October-November 2010 with the feature ‘Rêver L’ONF de Demain’. This sort of publishing just doesn’t happen in English-language Canada: where in Montreal they honor the film history that I came before them in Toronto, and other places in English-Canada, it just seems like young directors like to publicly complain about funding and distribution. But what about the past?! It just seems like a minority interest after having attended a few of the Canada on Screen series that only had about another twelve people in attendance…
But anyways, I’m honored to post Faradji’s 100 Best Canadian Films list since I think it’s a good one and I’ve both learned a lot and have been influenced by her 24 Images editorials, up until she stopped writing them in 2015.
100 Best Canadian Films is an open series of personal surveys of the history of Canadian cinema. Other lists includes those by Fabrice Montal, Stephen Broomer, Paul Corupe, David L. Pike, Jerry White, André Loiselle, Paul WilliamsGreg Klymkiw, Pat MullenJason AndersonDaniel KremerYves Lever, Piers HandlingMarcel JeanMike Hoolboom and myself. Please let me know if you’re interested in contributing. – D.D.
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Helen Faradji’s 100 Best Canadian Films
- Begone Dull Care, Norman McLaren, Evelyn Lambart (1949)
- Neighbours, Norman McLaren (1952)
- The Days Before Christmas, Stanley Jackson, Wolf Koenig, Terence McCartney-Filgate, (1958)
- Les raquetteurs, Gilles Groulx, Michel Brault (1958)
- Very Nice, Very Nice, Arthur Lipsett (1961)
- La Lutte, Michel Brault, Marcel Carrière, Claude Fournier, Claude Jutra (1961)
- Les Bûcherons de la Manouane, Arthur Lamothe (1962)
- Lonely Boy, Wolf Koenig, Roman Kroitor (1962)
- Nobody Waved Good-bye, Don Owen (1964)
- Pour la suite du monde, Pierre Perrault, Michel Brault (1963)
- Le Chat dans le sac, Gilles Groulx (1964)
- À tout prendre, Claude Jutra (1964)
- Rouli-Roulant, Claude Jutra, (1965)
- La vie heureuse de Léopold Z., Gilles Carle, (1965)
- Entre la mer et l’eau douce, Michel Brault (1967)
- Wavelength, Michael Snow (1967)
- Pas de deux, Norman McLaren (1968)
- A Married Couple, Allan King (1969)
- On est au coton, Denys Arcand (1970)
- On est loin du soleil, Jacques Leduc (1970)
- La région centrale, Michael Snow (1971)
- Mon oncle Antoine, Claude Jutra (1971)
- La vraie nature de Bernadette, Gilles Carle (1972)
- Le temps d'une chasse, Francis Mankiewicz (1972)
- La vie rêvée, Mireille Dansereau (1972)
- La maudite galette, Denys Arcand (1972)
- Réjeanne Padovani, Denys Arcand (1973)
- La mort d’un bûcheron, Gilles Carle, 1973
- Il était une fois dans l’Est, André Brassard (1974)
- The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, Ted Kotcheff (1974)
- Black Christmas, Bob Clark (1974)
- Bar salon, André Forcier (1974)
- Night Cap, André Forcier (1974)
- Les ordres, Michel Brault (1974)
- Shivers, David Cronenberg (1975)
- L’eau chaude, l’eau frette, André Forcier (1976)
- Parlez-nous d’amour, Jean-Claude Lord (1976)
- Le vieux pays où Rimbaud est mort, Jean Pierre Lefebvre (1977)
- Chronique de la vie quotidienne: Samedi, Pierre Bernier, Jean Chabot, Roger Frappier, Claude Grenier, Jacques Leduc (1977)
- J. A. Martin, photographe, Jean Beaudin (1977)
- Pea Soup, Pierre Falardeau et Julien Poulin (1979)
- Les bons débarras, Francis Mankiewicz (1979)
- Mourir à tue-tête, Anne Claire Poirier (1979)
- Le confort et l’indifférence, Denys Arcand (1981)
- Crac!, Frédéric Back (1981)
- La bête lumineuse, Pierre Perrault (1982)
- Au clair de la lune, André Forcier (1982)
- Videodrome, David Cronenberg (1983)       
- La guerre des tuques, André Melançon (1984)
- La femme de l’hôtel, Léa Pool (1984)
- Sonatine, Micheline Lanctôt (1984)
- Le voleur vit en enfer, Robert Morin, Lorraine Dufour (1984)
- Elvis Gratton, Pierre Falardeau (1985)
- Le déclin de l'empire américain, Denys Arcand (1986)
- Un zoo la nuit, Jean-Claude Lauzon (1987)          
- Family Viewing, Atom Egoyan (1987)
- L’homme qui plantait des arbres, Frédéric Back (1987)
- Dead Ringers, David Cronenberg (1988)
- Alias Will James, Jacques Godbout (1988)
- Le party, Pierre Falardeau (1989)
- Jésus de Montréal, Denys Arcand (1989)
- Naked Lunch, David Cronenberg (1991)
- Léolo, Jean-Claude Lauzon (1992)
- Requiem pour un beau sans cœur, Robert Morin (1992)
- Thirty Two Short Films About Glenn Gould, François Girard (1993)
- Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance, Alanis Obomsawin (1993)
- Yes Sir! Madame…, Robert Morin (1994)
- Exotica, Atom Egoyan (1994)
- Crash, David Cronenberg (1996)
- Hustler White, Bruce LaBruce (1996)
- Hard Core Logo, Bruce McDonald (1996)
- The Sweet Hereafter, Atom Egoyan (1997)
- Last Night, Don McKellar (1998)
- When the Day Breaks, Wendy Tilby, Amanda Forbis (1999)
- Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner, Zacharias Kunuk (2001)
- Dracula: Pages from a Virgin’s Diary, Guy Maddin (2002)
- Gaz Bar Blues, Louis Bélanger (2003)
- The Corporation, Mark Achbar, Jennifer Abbott (2003)
- La face cachée de la lune, Robert Lepage (2003)
- The Saddest Music in the World, Guy Maddin (2003)
- Ryan, Chris Landreth (2004)
- C.R.A.Z.Y., Jean-Marc Vallée (2005)
- Petit Pow! Pow! Noël, Robert Morin (2005)
- Manufactured Landscapes, Jennifer Baichwal (2006)
- My Winnipeg, Guy Maddin (2007)
- Up the Yangtze, Yung Chang, 2007
- Rechercher Victor Pellerin, Sophie Deraspe, 2007
- À l'ouest de Pluton, Henry Bernadet, Myriam Verreault (2008)
- Next Floor, Denis Villeneuve (2008)
- Hommes à louer, Rodrigue Jean (2009)
- Incendies, Denis Villeneuve (2010)
- Cosmopolis, David Cronenberg (2012)
- Enemy, Denis Villeneuve (2013)
- Felix et Meira, Maxime Giroux (2014)
- Mommy, Xavier Dolan (2014)
- Minarsky, chute mortelle, Matthew Rankin (2015)
- Les démons, Philippe Lesage (2015)
- Vaysha l’aveugle, Theodore Ushev (2016)
- Room, Lenny Abrahamson (2016)
- Ceux qui font les révolutions à moitié n'ont fait que se creuser un tombeau, Mathieu Denis, Simon Lavoie (2016)

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