The Memories of Angels

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The Memories of Angels
(La Mémoire des anges)
Directed by Luc Bourdon (fr)
Produced by Christian Medawar
Edited by Michel Giroux
Release date
Running time
80 min 23 s
Country Canada

The Memories of Angels (Original French title: La Mémoire des anges) is a 2008 collage film by Luc Bourdon (fr), created entirely from stock footage from over 120 National Film Board of Canada films, as an homage to the city of Montreal in the 1950s and 1960s. Bourdon incorporates material from films by such well-known directors as Michel Brault, Claude Jutra, Gilles Groulx, Denys Arcand and Arthur Lipsett.[1][2]

Created by the NFB to help mark its 70th anniversary, the idea for the film had originated 15 years earlier, during a conversation between Bourdon and NFB producer Colette Loumède about making a documentary film entirely from other movies.[3] Poring over the vintage footage, Bourdon chose his hometown of Montreal — also the headquarters of the NFB — to be the central character of the film, since no other actor would appear throughout the film.[1][2]

The film received the award for best Quebec film at the Festival du Nouveau Cinema.[4] It was also chosen as one of the top ten Canadian films of the year by the Toronto International Film Festival.[5]

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  1. ^ a b Hays, Matthew (October 8, 2008). "Montreal, mon amour". CBC News. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. Retrieved 28 January 2010. 
  2. ^ a b Hays, Matthew. "Montreal, open city". Montreal Mirror. Communications Gratte-Ciel Ltée. Retrieved 28 January 2010. 
  3. ^ Cisneros, James. "The NFB’s Turn to Heritage: Revisiting Montreal in Luc Bourdon’s La mémoire des anges". TOPIA: Canadian Journal of Cultural Studies. York University: 29–46. 
  4. ^ "CBC archive, Quebec's Luc Bourdon nominated for international award". CBC News. Canadian Broadcasting Corporation. March 27, 2009. Retrieved 28 January 2010. 
  5. ^ "Canada's Top Ten". Toronto International Film Festival. Retrieved 28 January 2010. 

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