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Spotton, John

Overview
Works: 54 works in 122 publications in 3 languages and 315 library holdings
Genres: Drama  Documentary films  Science fiction films  Nonfiction films  Biography  Biographical films  Educational films  Internet videos  Short films  Comedy films 
Roles: Director, Producer, Author, 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 )

28 editions published between 1965 and 2007 in 5 languages and held by 75 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
Memorandum( Visual )

14 editions published between 1965 and 2008 in English and held by 59 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
Final offer( Visual )

1 edition published in 1996 in English and held by 15 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
Constructing reality exploring media issues in documentary by Arlene Moscovitch( 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 ..."
The railrodder Buster Keaton rides again( Visual )

6 editions published between 1993 and 2007 in English and French and held by 13 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."
A House divided caregiver stress and elder abuse by Lyn Wright( Visual )

2 editions published between 1988 and 1993 in English and held by 11 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
What is a documentary? ; and, Ways of storytelling( Visual )

3 editions published in 1993 in English and held by 9 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
Lonely boy by Paul Anka( 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
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
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
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
Nobody waved goodbye by National Film Board of Canada( Visual )

3 editions published between 1964 and 2011 in English and held by 5 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
Cultural sovereignty Shaping information( Visual )

3 editions published between 1989 and 2006 in English and held by 4 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A compilation of six short films and film excerpts, chiefly documentaries, from the collection of the National Film Board of Canada, forming Part 3 in a three-part series entitled Media and society. The six films are grouped together in two sections of three films each entitled Cultural Sovereignty and Shaping Information. The three excerpts in Cultural Sovereignty deal with the connections between moving images and Canadian cultural identity and sovereignty. The second set of three films deals with the connections between media, politics and ideology. By ideology is meant those assumptions in a society which usually pass for common sense and truth. The emphasis is on the role the media play in the arena of politics and their influence in shaping the world as we think we know it
Images of women( Visual )

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

Looks at the image of women as portrayed in mass media. Topics include: female roles on television, advertising's obsession with a particular definition of beauty, the effects of rock videos, and the influence 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
Railroaders by National Film Board of Canada( 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. 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
Media and 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."--Cf. NFB
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
Imperfect union, Canadian labour and the left( Visual )

1 edition published in 1989 in English and held by 2 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
 
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Alternative Names
John Spotton Canadees filmregisseur (1927-1991)

John Spotton Canadian film director

Джон Споттон

Languages
English (71)

French (9)

German (1)