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Spotton, John

Overview
Works: 57 works in 121 publications in 3 languages and 323 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Documentary films  Science fiction films  Biography  Educational films  Internet videos  Nonfiction films  Biographical films  Short films  Personal narratives 
Roles: Director, Producer, Author, Restager , Film editor
Classifications: PN1997.2, 791.4372
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by John Spotton
Buster Keaton Rides Again by John Spotton( Visual )

20 editions published between 1965 and 2010 in 4 languages and held by 65 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Buster Keaton rides again: A documentary about the life and film career of Buster Keaton with emphasis on the making of "The railrodder."
Memorandum( Visual )

14 editions published between 1965 and 2008 in English and held by 58 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Jewish survivor of the Holocaust takes a holiday from his shop in Toronto to join a pilgrimage of survivors to the necropolis of Bergen Belsen
Prisoners of debt : inside the global banking crisis( Visual )

2 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 26 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This fast-paced documentary tells the inside story of how Bank of Montreal chairman William Mulholland dealt with his bank's debt-laden customers, Dome Petroleum and Mexico, during the summer of 1982, the summer the global debt crisis took the world by surprise. Interwoven with the Bank of Montreal's story are interviews with well-known international bankers and financial experts who explain the causes of the debt crisis, confirm the extreme fragility of the international banking system, and outline the problems to be solved if the system is to survive
The railrodder ; Buster Keaton rides again( Visual )

6 editions published between 1993 and 2007 in English and French and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The first work is a short silent comedy film showing views of Buster Keaton's journey from the Atlantic coast of Canada as he rides the railway on a small motorized hand cart. The second work is a documentary about the life and film career of Buster Keaton with emphasis on the making of "The railrodder."
Final Offer( Visual )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This film examines industrial change in North America and provides an unprecedented inside look at contract negotiations between General Motors and the United Auto Workers in Toronto in 1984. Believing U.S. counterparts have been cheated by a profit-sharing agreement, Canadian UAW director Bob White fights to keep traditional wage increases-taking on GM Chairman Roger White and UAW President Owen Bieber at once. What begins as a routine meeting turns into a confrontation with broad economic implications as White leads his membership to separate from the international union. Factory scenes demonstrate how the assembly line system pits workers against management
What is a documentary? ; and, Ways of storytelling( Visual )

3 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

What is a documentary? offers an overview of films, filmakers, and issues contained in the 9-hour collection, Constructing reality
Constructing reality : exploring media issues in documentary( Visual )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A six-video anthology of documentary films, excerpts, and interviews that explores questions central to media education ..."
A House divided : caregiver stress and elder abuse( Visual )

2 editions published between 1988 and 1993 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Illustrates various types of elder abuse, including willful neglect, financial exploitation and physical assault. Portrays the emotional complexity of family relationships that can lead to abuse of the elderly
Mr. Nobody by Jaco van Dormael( Visual )

1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The life story of Nemo Nobody, a 118 year-old man who is the last mortal on Earth after the human race has achieved quasi-immortality. On his deathbed, Nemo shares his life story with a reporter and reviews the choices he made along the way. Yet even with his last breath, a pivotal decision awaits to conclude his destiny
Avec Buster Keaton by John Spotton( Visual )

8 editions published between 1965 and 2007 in French and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Évocation de la prestigieuse carrière du célèbre acteur du cinéma muet Buster Keaton, à l'aide de photographies d'époque et de séquences extraites de ses films. Présentation de l'artiste au travail, lors du tournage du film "The Railrodder"; regard sur sa vie privée
Lonely boy( Visual )

2 editions published between 1962 and 2009 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The story of Canadian pop singer Paul Anka, who was a teen idol in the 1950s and 60s. Using his song "Lonely boy" as its theme, this classic film in direct cinema documents the creation of an "image" that sells and the people who buy it. The Film features behind-the scenes footage of Anka, his manager and his staff as they prepare to market their "teen idol" product to millions of young girls in America and world-wide. The film depicts the personal goals and ambitions of a rising young entertainer against the backdrop of one-night concerts and nightclub stands
Have I ever lied to you before?( Visual )

2 editions published between 1976 and 1996 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Profile of Jerry Goodis, the successful Canadian advertising executive who made Harvey's hamburgers a "beautiful thing" and Speedy Muffler customers into "somebody", who transformed housewives with Wonderbra, and who made Hush Puppies into a major competitor in the shoe market
Railroaders by Big Kids( Visual )

1 edition published in 1958 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A film about winter railroading in the Canadian Rockies and the men who keep the lines clear. The stretch between Revelstoke and Field, British Columbia, is a snow-choked threat to communications. The film shows the work of section hands, maintenance men, train crews and telegraph operators
Nobody waved goodbye : eVideo]( Visual )

3 editions published between 1964 and 2011 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A teenager rebels against his parents' middle class goals and conventions by quiting high-school and leaving home, but finds the world a cold place to go it alone. This study of delinquency in an affluent society mirrored the problems and frustrations of youth in the 1960s
Never a backward step by Mathers Enterprises( Visual )

5 editions published between 1967 and 1996 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Profile of the Canadian newspaper baron, Roy Herbert Thomson, who became Lord Thomson of Fleet, includes frank interviews with Lord Thomson
Images of women( Visual )

3 editions published between 1991 and 2009 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A compilation of six excerpts and one short film (chiefly documentaries) from the collection of the National Film Board of Canada, forming Part 2 in a three-part series entitled Media and Society. The selections grouped together in this section raise questions about the visual representation of women (Canadian women in particular) in the mass media. The first four excerpts all deal with the theme of women's role in society. The latter three, especially, suggest the connections between social demands and expectations and the ways in which women are portrayed, particularly in film and on television. Finally, the excerpts from Not a love story : a film about pornography raise questions about the complex issue of pornography
High steel( Visual )

1 edition published in 1965 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A dizzying view of Manhattan in the 1960s, the tallest town in the world, and the men who work cloud-high to keep it growing. They are the Mohawk Indians of Kahnawake, near Montréal, famed for their skill in erecting the steel frames of skyscrapers. The film shows their nimble work, high above the pavement, but there are also glimpses of the quieter community life of the old Kahnawake Reserve
Media & society( Visual )

1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Media and Society includes three video compilations of [16] NFB films and excerpts designed to help secondary education teachers develop in their students a critical understanding of the media and its effects upon themselves and their society. Media and Society: Advertising and Consumerism is designed to heighten the viewer's awareness of the 'techniques of persuasion' and of the extent to which their personal lives are shaped by an environment of commercial messages (80 min. 37 sec.); Media and Society: Images of Women raises questions about the relationship between media images and the way in which women see themselves and are defined by others (54 min. 10 sec.); Media and Society: Cultural Sovereignty/Shaping Information explores the relationship between moving images and cultural identity and examines the particular difficulties Canada experiences in creating and broadcasting its own media images (95 min.). Among the many media-related topics covered are advertising and its techniques; living in a consumer society; television and lifestyles; stereotyping, racism and sexism in the media; the effects of pop culture on young people's self-image: pornography; violence; broadcasting and cultural sovereighty; political coverage; and the process of newsmaking."--NFB
Imperfect union, Canadian labour and the left( Visual )

1 edition published in 1989 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Follows the rollercoaster of New Democratic Party fortunes under its first three leaders: Tommy Douglas, David Lewis and Ed Broadbent. In spite of the rise of big public sector unions, labor support proves less substantial than the NDP's founders had hoped. The negative public image of unions reflects on the party. In four major elections, 1979 to 1988, the Canadian Labour Congress mounts major campaigns for the party, with disappointing results. Another falling-out with labor occurs after the 1988 "free trade" election, and Broadbent steps down as leader. Part 4
National Film Board of Canada presents Memorandum( Visual )

1 edition published in 1996 in German and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

 
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Alternative Names
John Spotton Canadees filmregisseur (1927-1991)

John Spotton Canadian film director

Джон Споттон

Languages
English (65)

French (9)

German (2)