This compilation includes a portrait of writer Mordecai Richler and an animated adaptation of one of his short stories. The Apprenticeship of Mordecai Richler: Canadian author Mordecai Richler traces the sources of his fiction in the immigrant Jewish community of his Montréal childhood and talks about his sometimes controversial reshaping of that past into novels. Richler speaks with candor and wit, and slowly his media image, one of shy abrasiveness, gives way to a fuller portrait. Clips from the movies of his celebrated books, The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz and Joshua Then and Now, offer visual immediacy to his discussion of how biography becomes art. Famed for his comic talents, Richler makes a surprising literary self-definition: 'I'm a Jewish writer, and I'm a Canadian writer, but above all, I'm a serious writer' (57 min. 28 sec.). The Street:This award-winning animation film spares no feelings and minces no words. A poignant interpretation of a short story by Montréal author Mordecai Richler, it makes what is sometimes an embarrassingly frank statement about how many families respond to their old and infirm members. In soft simple washes of watercolour and ink, the filmmaker interprets reactions to a dying grandmother, capturing family feelings and distilling them into harsh reality (10 min. 12 sec.).
1996, 67 min 40 s
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