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An intimate biography of one of Canada’s most controversial and most endearing authors. This documentary traces Mordecai Richler’s rise from a poor, Jewish kid growing up on the streets of Montreal in the 1930’s to his successes as an internationally acclaimed author. The extraordinarily personal film includes an exclusive interview with Richler himself, as well as his wife Florence, his children, his estranged brother Avram, even some of the locals Mordecai would drink with every afternoon in a quiet Eastern Township of Quebec. At a 50th reunion of his Montreal high school, Mordecai meets many of his old classmates whom he has used as fodder for a lifetime’s worth of satirical storytelling. Narrated by Richard Dreyfuss, the program includes some of the best archival footage of Richler’s life, including movie clips, family photographs, and dramatic news footage.

View a printer friendly version of this page...Copyright Date: 1997 Length: 45 minutes Library Audience:
  • General Interest
  • Biography
  • School Audience:
  • Grades 9 - 12
  • Post-Secondary Education
  • Formats Available:
  • VHS Tape
  • DVD
  • Digital Streaming File