Jean-Claude Labrecque

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Jean-Claude Labrecque
Born (1938-06-19) June 19, 1938 (age 76)
Quebec City, Canada
Occupation Film director
Cinematographer
Film editor
Years active 1963 - Present

Jean-Claude Labrecque, CM CQ (born June 19, 1938 in Quebec City, Quebec) is a director and cinematographer who learned the basics of filmmaking at the Quebec Film Office and the National Film Board of Canada.

Career[edit]

His 1965 documentary short 60 Cycles won 22 major international awards and earned an BAFTA Award nomination. [1] He has lectured on filmmaking at Université du Québec à Montréal, and his credits in both the feature and documentary forms include À tout prendre, La nuit de la poésie, La vie heureuse de Léopold Z, Le chat dans le sac, Notes for a Film About Donna and Gail, The Ernie Game, De mère en fille, Le temps et le lieu, La femme qui boit, La neuvaine, Mariages and Contre toute espérance.

Quote[edit]

"My love for the camera began at a young age. The National Film Board was my university. Once you’ve mastered technique, you’re home free. You can gamble a bit and experiment. At the NFB and around the world, we pushed our cameras and film stock to the limit. When we made 60 cycles, we used a 1000 mm lens from NASA that was more than 1 metre wide. The images were extremely compressed, and that became the first shot of the movie. That film really rocked the boat. It was essential viewing." Interviewed on Kodak Canada Web site

Filmography[edit]

Fiction[edit]

  • Les mattes (1972)
  • Les vautours (1975)
  • L'affaire coffin (1979)
  • Les années de rêves (1983)
  • Aéroport: Court-circuit (TV movie, 1984)
  • Le frère André (1987)
  • Bonjour Monsieur Gauguin (1988)

Documentaries[edit]

  • Lewis Mumford on the City, Part 6: The City and the Future (Short film Co-Directed with various, 1963)
  • 60 cycles (Short film, 1965)
  • Intermède (Short film, 1966)
  • La visite du général de Gaulle au Québec (Short film, 1967)
  • La vie (Short film Co-Directed with Jean-Louis Frund, 1968)
  • La guerre des pianos (Short film Co-Directed with Jean Dansereau, 1969)
  • Hiver en froid mineur (Short film, 1969)
  • Les canots de glace (Short film, 1969)
  • Essai à la mille (Short film, 1970)
  • La nuit de la poésie 27 mars 1970 (Co-Directed with Jean-Pierre Masse, 1970)
  • Canada the Land (Short film Co-Directed with Rex Tasker, 1971)
  • Images de la Gaspésie (Short film, 1972)
  • Hochelaga (Short film, 1972)
  • Université du Québec (Short film, 1972)
  • Les notes de la vie (Short film, 1973)
  • L'entreprise de toute une vie (Episode of Relation Pedagogique series Co-Directed with Jacques Gagné, 1973)
  • Claude Gauvreau – poète (Short film, 1974)
  • Québec fête juin '75 (Co-Directed with Claude Jutra, 1976)
  • On s'pratique... c'est pour les Olympiques (Short film, 1976)
  • Jeux de la XXIe Olympiade (Co-Directed with Jean Beaudin, Marcel Carrière and Georges Dufaux, 1977)
  • Claude Gauvreau (Short film, 1977)
  • Gaston Miron (Short film, 1977)
  • Gatien Lapointe (Short film, 1977)
  • Jean-Guy Pilon (Short film, 1977)
  • Michèle Lalonde (Short film, 1977)
  • Nicole Brossard (Short film Co-Directed with Jean-Pierre Masse, 1977)
  • Paul Chamberland (Short film Co-Directed with Jean-Pierre Masse, 1977)
  • Suzanne Paradis (Short film, 1977)
  • Yves Préfontaine (Short film Co-Directed with Jean-Pierre Masse, 1977)
  • Panneau réclame (Short film Co-Directed with Jean-Pierre Masse, 1977)
  • ...26 fois de suite! (Short film, 1978)
  • Les montagnais (Short film, 1979)
  • Le dernier des coureurs des bois (Short film, 1979)
  • La nuit de la poésie 28 mars 1980 (Co-Directed with Jean-Pierre Masse, 1980)
  • Paroles du Québec (1980)
  • Marie Uguay (Short film, 1982)
  • Les amis de la cinématheque (1988)
  • L'histoire des trois (1990)
  • La nuit de la poésie 15 mars 1991 (Co-Directed with Jean-Pierre Masse, 1991)
  • 67 bis, boulevard Lannes (Short film, 1991)
  • André Mathieu, musicien (1993)
  • Le sorcier (Documentary TV series, 1994)
  • Parents malgré tout (Documentary TV series, 1996)
  • Le roman de l'homme (Documentary TV series, 1997)
  • L'aventure des compagnons de St-Laurent (1997)
  • Nos récits de voyage (Short film, 1997)
  • Portager le rêve (Short film Co-Directed with André Gladu, 1998)
  • Anticosti - Au temps des Menier (Short film, 1999)
  • Le RIN (2002)
  • Un théâtre dans la cité: Le TNM (Short film Co-Directed with Yves Desgagnés, 2002)
  • À hauteur d'homme (2003)
  • Le grand dérangement de Saint-Paulin Dalibaire (Short film, 2004)
  • Le chemin d'eau de la Basse-Côte-Nord (2005)
  • Infiniment Québec (Short film, 2008)
  • Félix (Short film, 2008)

Awards/Honours[edit]

  • Winner of the Prix Albert-Tessier for an outstanding career in Québec cinema.
  • Winner of the Prix Hommage at the 2008 edition of the Jutras
  • Knight of the National Order of Quebec in 2009
  • Member of the Order of Canada in 2009 "for his contributions to the development of film as a director of documentaries and fictional films, and as a renowned director of photography here in Canada and abroad".

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