Les raquetteurs

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Les raquetteurs
Directed by Michel Brault
Gilles Groulx
Written by Michel Brault
Gilles Groulx
Cinematography Michel Brault
Gilles Groulx
Release date
Running time
14 min 37 s
Country Canada
Language French

Les raquetteurs is a 1958 Direct Cinema documentary film co-directed by Michel Brault and Gilles Groulx. The film explores life in rural Quebec, at a convention of snowshoers in Sherbrooke, Quebec in February 1958. The film is notable for helping to establish the then-nascent French language production unit at the National Film Board of Canada, and more importantly, the development of a uniquely Quebec style of direct cinema.[1]

The film incorporates agile camera work and a largely synchronous soundtrack, uninterrupted by any narration, in keeping with the ethos of direct cinema to avoid any imposed "truth" on events onscreen.[2]


Grant McLean, then head of production for the NFB, had been angry that what was to have been a three-minute vignette had quadrupled in length and ordered the film to be used for stock footage. However, NFB producers Tom Daly and Guy Glover interceded on the young filmmakers' behalf.[3]


At the time of its release, Les raquetteurs raised some concerns about its "nonofficial" style, and ruffled some feathers in Quebec for its portrayal of rural Quebecers.[4]


  1. ^ "Les Raquetteurs". Canadian Film Encyclopedia. Film Reference Library. Retrieved 13 January 2010. 
  2. ^ Marshall, Bill (2000-10-10). Quebec National Cinema. McGill-Queen's University Press. p. 22. ISBN 0-7735-2116-X. 
  3. ^ Evans, Gary (Sep 30, 1991). In the National Interest: A Chronicle of the National Film Board of Canada from 1949 to 1989. University of Toronto Press. p. 73. ISBN 0-8020-6833-2. 
  4. ^ Ellis, Jack C.; Betsy A. McLane (2005). A new history of documentary film. New York: Continuum International Publishing Group. p. 211. ISBN 0-8264-1751-5. 

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