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Claude Jutra created some of Canada's finest films. In the process, he brought Quebec and Canadian cinema into a new era. Jutra lived an extraordinary life that made him a legend. Always a rebel, Jutra was an avant-garde creator who rubbed shoulders with the greatest filmmakers of his time (Truffaut, Cocteau, Rouch) and left behind an extensive collection of films punctuated by works of genius. The three films on this DVD capture the creative spirit of a remarkable filmmaker and personality at the height of his powers.

Claude Jutra: An Unfinished Story (2002)
Director Paule Baillargeon takes us into the heart of "the Jutra mystery." Interviews with Michel Brault, Bernardo Bertolucci, Geneviève Bujold and Saul Rubinek shed new light on the complexities of Jutra's character. An Unfinished Story includes excerpts from many of his greatest works, including À tout prendre, WOW, Kamouraska: Power of Passion and Mon oncle Antoine. Some subtitles.

Mon oncle Antoine (1971)
It is Christmas Eve in a small Quebec mining town in 1940. A 15-year-old boy will be initiated into the adult world--with all its tragedies and its follies. Mon oncle Antoine won 21 international awards and was named "Best Canadian Film Ever Made" by the Toronto International Film Festival. English subtitles.

A Chairy Tale (1957)
This experimental short, directed by Norman McLaren and Claude Jutra, shows the daring and originality of Jutra's work. In this tale without words, Jutra tries to sit on a chair (animated by Evelyn Lambart) that declines to be sat upon. Music is performed by Ravi Shankar and Chatur Lal.

Special DVD Features
Choice of English or French
Photo gallery
Scene index (for Claude Jutra: An Unfinished Story)
Original music index
Claude Jutra filmography

2002, 192 min 37 s

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