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Spotton, John

Overview
Works: 55 works in 114 publications in 3 languages and 307 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Documentary films  Biographical films  Drama  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Personal narratives  History  Case studies  Juvenile works  Interviews 
Roles: Director, Producer, Author, Film editor
Classifications: HD6976.A82, 331.88
Publication Timeline
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Most widely held works by John Spotton
Memorandum ( Visual )
14 editions published between 1965 and 2008 in English and held by 63 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
Buster Keaton Rides Again by John Spotton( Visual )
18 editions published between 1965 and 2007 in 4 languages and held by 57 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
The railrodder: 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
Prisoners of debt inside the global banking crisis ( Visual )
2 editions published between 2010 and 2011 in English and held by 24 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
Constructing reality exploring media issues in documentary ( Visual )
2 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A six-video anthology of documentary films, excerpts, and interviews that explores questions central to media education ..."
Final offer ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Tapes made just before and during the 1984 strike against General Motors by the United Auto Workers, Canadian Section, show union leader Bob White as he fights with both the company and the United States union leadership to retain traditional wage increases in the Canadian contract
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
Through four moving portraits, this video sheds light on the tragedy of caregiver stress and elder abuse. With great sensitivity, this film portrays the emotional complexity of family relationships that can lead to abuse of the elderly, the anguish and isolation of its victims, and the tremendous need for community understanding and support
The railrodder Buster Keaton rides again ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1995 and 2005 in English and held by 11 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."
What is a documentary? ; and, Ways of storytelling ( Visual )
4 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 10 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Ways of storytelling examines the range of choices open to film and videomakers who fashion a story with elements of "real" life. City of gold is a stirring account of the Klondike Gold Rush. New shoes is a deceptively simple kitchen interview with a woman whose boyfriend tried to kill her. It raises provocative questions about memory and the way in which the media can shape and distort experience. In Interview with Anne Marie Fleming the director of New shoes talks about choices she made in presenting her material. Memorandum follows a concentration camp survivor back to Bergen-Belsen in Germany years after his liberation. In Our Marilyn the first crossing of Lake Ontario by marathon swimmer Marilyn Bell becomes the starting point for an impressionistic meditation on heroism, Canadian identity, and cultural mythologies of the female body
Buster Keaton rides again The railrodder ( Visual )
3 editions published between 1996 and 2000 in English and held by 8 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."
Mr. Nobody by Lyn Wright( Visual )
1 edition published in 2009 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Jack Huggins is sixty-five years old. He doesn't take very good care of himself, but he lavishes attention on his menagerie of cats. He repairs and hoards electronic equipment he has picked from the garbage. When Jack did not comply with a Health Department order to clean up, he was forcefully removed from his home, certified incompetent, and the Public Trustee took charge of his affairs. Jack felt that he was being treated "like Mr. Nobody. Just Mr. Nobody out on the street." This film will provoke the discussion of legal and ethical dilemmas concerning the self-neglecting elderly. Do mentally competent elders have the right to neglect themselves? Does the state have an obligation to intervene?
Have I ever lied to you before? ( Visual )
2 editions published between 1976 and 1996 in English and held by 7 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
Lonely boy ( Visual )
2 editions published between 1962 and 2009 in English and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
"The story of popular singer Paul Anka. He rose from obscurity to become the idol of millions of adolescent fans around the world. This film takes a candid look at both sides of the footlights as well as the promotion industry behind this generation of pop singers. Interviews with Anka and his manager reveal what they think of it all."--Container
Avec Buster Keaton by John Spotton( Visual )
7 editions published between 1965 and 2007 in French and held by 6 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 Railroader"; regard sur sa vie privée
Never a backward step ( 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
Nobody waved goodbye ( Visual )
2 editions published in 1964 in English and held by 4 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
Media & society ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1995 in English and held by 4 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."--Cf. NFB
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
Railroaders ( Visual )
1 edition published in 1958 in English and held by 3 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
A film about winter railroading in the Canadian Rockies and the men who keep the lines clear, principally on the snow-choked stretch between Revelstoke and Field, B.C
Images of women ( Visual )
2 editions published between 1991 and 2006 in English and held by 3 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
Shaping reality ( Visual )
2 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 2 WorldCat member libraries worldwide
Documentaries, like all media products, are constructions rather than transparent windows onto "reality". The focus here is on film language--images, words, sound effects, music, and silence; the tools that film and videomakers use to create an experience for an audience--with an emphasis on the critical choices made in the process of constructing "real life" films
 
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Languages
English (65)
French (8)
German (1)