Arthur Lamothe

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Arthur Lamothe
Born (1928-12-07)December 7, 1928
Saint-Mont, France
Died September 18, 2013(2013-09-18) (aged 84)
Occupation Film director
Film producer
Screenwriter
Years active 1961 - 2013

Arthur Lamothe, CM (December 7, 1928 – September 18, 2013) was a French-Canadian film director and film producer.[1][2]

Biography[edit]

Born in Saint-Mont, France, Lamothe immigrated to Canada in 1953 and immediately got a job as a lumberjack in the Abitibi region of northern Quebec. In 1954 he began studying economic science at the Université de Montréal. During his time as a student he became interested in cinema and began writing for several film publications. After graduating in 1958 he was immediately hired as a writer for Radio-Canada. In 1961 he was hired by the NFB and wrote Dimanche d’Amérique, his first screenplay which became the first film of Gilles Carle.[3] In 1962 he directed his first film, a short documentary entitled Bûcherons de la Manouane. He directed his first feature length fiction work in 1965 entitled Poussière sur la ville; the film was not successful and Lamothe returned to documentary films.[4] Lamothe has only made a handful of fiction films during his career but it's his documentaries that he is best known and most respected for. Lamothe most frequently explored in his films social and economic themes, as well as activism for issues in which he passionately supported especially in regards to Aboriginal people.

In 1980 he was awarded the Prix Albert-Tessier and in 1995 was made a member of the Order of Canada.[5][6]

Selected filmography[edit]

Features[edit]

  • Poussière sur la ville (1965)
  • La neige a fondu sur la Manicouagan (1965)
  • Équinoxe (1986)
  • Ernest Livernois, photographe (1988)
  • Le silence des fusils (1996)

Documentaries[edit]

  • Bûcherons de la Manouane (Short, 1962)
  • De Montréal à Manicouagan (Short, 1963
  • La moisson (Short, 1966)
  • Le train du Labrador (Short, 1967)
  • Au-delà des murs (Short, 1968)
  • Ce soir-là, Gilles Vigneault... (1968)
  • Actualités québécoises (Series, 1969)
  • Pour une éducation de qualité (Series of 6 Shorts, 1969)
  • Le mépris n'aura qu'un temps (1970)
  • Un homme et son boss (Short Co-Directed with Guy Borremans, 1970)
  • Révolution industrielle (Short, 1970)
  • Le train du roi (Short, 1970)
  • La machine à vapeur (Short, 1971)
  • Le monde de l'enfance (Short, 1971)
  • Le technicien en arpentage minier (Short, 1971)
  • A bon pied, bon oeil (Short, 1972)
  • Les gars de Lapalme (Short Co-Directed with François Dupuis, 1972)
  • Special Delivery (Short Co-Directed with François Dupuis, 1972)
  • La route du fer (Short, 1972)
  • Le système de la langue française (Series of 7 Shorts, 1972)
  • A propos de méthodes (Series of 5 Shorts, 1973)
  • Chronique des indiens du Nord-est du Québec (Series, 1973-1980)
  • Carcajou et le péril blanc (Series of 3 Features and 5 Shorts, 1973-1980)
  • La terre de l'homme (Series of 4 Features and 1 Short, 1973-1980)
  • Qui? Quoi? Pourquoi? (Short, 1973)
  • Te promènes tu souvent sur un lapin? (Short, 1973)
  • Ti-Louis mijote un plan... (Short, 1973)
  • Voyage sans détour (Short, 1974)
  • La chasse aux Montagnais (Short, 1974)
  • C'est dangereux ici (Short, 1978)
  • Le collet à lièvre (Short, 1978)
  • Le piège à martre (Short, 1978)
  • La raquette (Short, 1978)
  • Montage de la tente (Short, 1978)
  • Géographie Montagnaise (Short, 1978)
  • Vous avez droits, les autres aussi (Short, 1980)
  • Mémoire battante (Series of 3 Features, 1982-1983)
  • Cultures amérindiennes (Series of 80 videos, 1984-2004)
  • La conquête de l'amérique (Series of 2 Features, 1990-1992)
  • L'écho des songes (1993)
  • Dix portraits (Series, 1998)
  • La terre mère (1998)
  • Du rêve au libéralisme (1999)
  • Mémoire antérieure (Series of 13 Shorts, 2005)
  • Les pêcheurs acadiens de l'Île Lamèque (2007)

References[edit]

  1. ^ "NFB Artisans - Arthur Lamothe". 
  2. ^ "Le cinéaste Arthur Lamothe n'est plus". Radio-Canada.ca. Retrieved 2013-09-20. 
  3. ^ "Canadian Film Encyclopedia - Arthur Lamothe". 
  4. ^ "Arthur Lamothe - The Canadian Encyclopedia". 
  5. ^ "Les Prix du Québec - le lauréat Arthur Lamothe". Gouvernement du Québec. Retrieved May 15, 2011. 
  6. ^ "Order of Canada - Arthur Lamothe, C.M.". Governor General of Canada. April 20, 2009. Retrieved May 15, 2011. 

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