Tit-Coq

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Tit-Coq
Directed byRené Delacroix [fr]
Gratien Gélinas
Produced byGratien Gélinas
Written byGratien Gélinas
StarringGratien Gélinas
Release date
1952
Running time
104 min.
CountryCanada
LanguageFrench

Tit-Coq is a Canadian film, directed by René Delacroix [fr] and Gratien Gélinas, and released in 1952.[1] Gélinas' immensely popular play started life as a film script, but when he had difficulty with the financing he performed it on stage. By 1952 he was able to raise the money. Filmed essentially as it appeared on stage, it tells the story of Tit-coq (Gélinas), a shy, awkward French-Canadian soldier during World War II with an irreverent sense of humour who falls for the sister (Monique Miller) of a friend (Clément Latour). She promises to wait for him when he is sent to fight oversees, but she doesn’t. When Tit-coq returns he is once again alone in the world.[2]

The film's cast also includes Juliette Béliveau, Denise Pelletier and Jean Duceppe.

The film won the Canadian Film Award for Film of the Year in 1953.[3] Gélinas was so moved by the victory that he began to cry during his acceptance speech, and presenter Dorothy Lamour pulled the handkerchief out of his suit pocket and began to dab at his eyes as he spoke.[3]

A restored print of the film was screened at the 2000 Toronto International Film Festival, before going into a limited run at repertory theatres.[4]

References[edit]

  1. ^ "Canadian Film Folk Appear Shy About Telling What They're Doing". The Globe and Mail, June 21, 1958.
  2. ^ "Fridolin Play French Text". The Globe and Mail, January 6, 1951.
  3. ^ a b "On the Screen". The Globe and Mail, May 1, 1953.
  4. ^ "Superb acting lends old tale staying power". The Globe and Mail, November 24, 2000.

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