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Jour après jour

(Day After Day)

Year: 1962
Language: English
Format: 16mm Black & White
Runtime: 28 min
Director: Clément Perron
Producer: Hubert Aquin, Victor Jobin, Fernand Dansereau
Writer: Clément Perron
Cinematographer: Guy Borremans
Editor: Anne Poirier
Sound: Ron Alexander, Roger Lamoureux, Claude Pelletier
Music: Maurice Blackburn
Narration: Anne Poirier
Production Company: National Film Board of Canada
An award-winning, direct cinema documentary, Jour aprPs jour depicts life in a small Quebec town where most of the inhabitants derive their living from the local paper mill. The film was much admired and discussed at the time of its release, but has since faded into obscurity. It utilized techniques developed for direct cinema, but was pre-scripted and attempted to heighten and intensify the reality (in a manner some now consider exploitative and manipulative) by incorporating actuality images – along with sync and non-sync, natural and synthetic sound – within a carefully conceived rhythmic structure involving associative editing.

The Canadian Film Awards honoured Jour aprPs jour for Guy Borremans’ cinematography and named it the year’s best Arts and Experimental film.