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Gilles Carle obituary

31 December 2009 8:28 AM, PST | The Guardian - Film News | See recent The Guardian - Film News news »

Leading light in the emergence of French Canadian cinema

After years of neglect and discrimination by the dominant Anglophone culture, a distinctive French Canadian cinema emerged in the 1960s with the victory of René Lévesque's Liberal party in Quebec and the sponsorship of the National Film Board of Canada and the Quebec Film Commission. Among the beneficiaries was a group of young directors headed by Claude Jutra, Denys Arcand and Gilles Carle, who has died aged 80.

Carle, the most senior, was always an anti-elitist, independent figure, a social satirist whose films sought to expose "the secret order of things". Eroticism and violence are dominant themes in his critiques of middle-class rectitude, corruption and religious hypocrisy. He once described his movies as "social fables, allegorical tales rather than films of social protest".

At the heart of most of Carle's films is a beautiful, commanding, impulsive and defiant woman. The role »

- Ronald Bergan

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