In 1838, François-Xavier Bouchard returns to Lower Canada after a brief exile in the United States to continue to participate in the struggle of French Canadian patriots against the British authorities. But Bouchard is captured by the English company of Chevalier De Lorimier, then is tried by an expeditious military court which sentences him to death. After watching, horrified, the execution of twelve of his comrades, begins the agony of Bouchard and the surviving rebels: the agonizing wait for their own execution. —Télé-Québec
An influential cinematographer, director and writer, Michel Brault worked as a professional photographer before finding himself in the field of cinema, thanks to the encouragement of his friend and colleague Claude Jutra. Brault collaborated with Jacques Giraldeau on Petites médisances (1953–1954, 39 episodes), a series made using the innovative new principles of the "Candid Eye movement.” In 1956, he joined the National Film Board, where he worked as a cameraperson on a number of Candid Eye series films, most notably The Days Before Christmas (1958, directed by Terence Macartney-Filgate).
That same year, Brault co-directed Les raquetteurs (1958) with Gilles Groulx, a work that was heralded as a sort of manifesto for the NFB’s francophone filmmakers. Defending a different approach to cinema, from then on Brault was part of a new documentary process that was equally technically innovative and artistically innovative. He worked on several films that have become classics; for instance… read more