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Brittain, Donald

Works: 218 works in 586 publications in 2 languages and 1,695 library holdings
Genres: Biography  Documentary films  Educational films  Internet videos  Drama  Film adaptations  Nonfiction films  History  Biographical films  Historical films 
Roles: Director, Author of screenplay, Narrator, Author, Producer, Restager, Commentator, Writer of accompanying material, Film editor
Classifications: PN1997, 791.4372
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Publications about Donald Brittain
Publications by Donald Brittain
Publications by Donald Brittain, published posthumously.
Most widely held works by Donald Brittain
Fields of sacrifice ( visu )
11 editions published between 1963 and 2008 in English and held by 165 libraries worldwide
A film of dignity and beauty - memorable tribute to more than 100 000 Canadians who gave their lives in the service of their country on foreign battlegrounds. The film visits battlefields of the first and second World Wars and cemeteries where servicemen are buried. Filmed from Hong Kong to Sicily, this documentary is designed to show Canadians places they have reason to know but may not be able to visit
Ladies and Gentlemen ... Mr. Leonard Cohen by Leonard Cohen( visu )
27 editions published between 1965 and 2006 in 3 languages and held by 164 libraries worldwide
A portrait of Canadian poet Leonard Cohen during one of his visits to his home city of Montreal. Discusses his poetry and outlooks and includes readings from his collections
Stravinsky by Fausto Vitaliano( visu )
3 editions published between 1995 and 2009 in English and held by 64 libraries worldwide
At eighty years of age, Stravinsky reminisces about his life and career, during a trip with his wife to Hamburg, and a recording session of his Symphony of Psalms
Memorandum ( visu )
16 editions published between 1965 and 2008 in English and held by 62 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
Volcano : an Inquiry into the Life and Death of Malcolm Lowry by Donald Brittain( visu )
12 editions published between 1976 and 2009 in 4 languages and held by 53 libraries worldwide
This feature-length documentary focuses on Malcolm Lowry, author of one of the major novels of the 20th century, Under the Volcano. But while Lowry fought a winning battle with words, he lost his battle with alcohol. Shot on location in four countries, the film combines photographs, readings by Richard Burton from the novel and interviews with the people who loved and hated Lowry, to create a vivid portrait of the man
Buster Keaton Rides Again by John Spotton( visu )
8 editions published between 1965 and 2010 in English and held by 46 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
Bethune by John Kemeny( visu )
12 editions published between 1964 and 2009 in English and held by 46 libraries worldwide
A biography of Dr. Norman Bethune, the Canadian doctor who served with the Loyalists during the Spanish Civil War and with the North Chinese Army during the Sino-Japanese War. In Spain he pioneered the world's first mobile blood-transfusion service; in China his work behind battle lines to save the wounded made him a legendary figure. This hour-long documentary pieces together his remarkable career
The Champions : a three-part series = Les Champions : une série en trois parties ( visu )
24 editions published between 1978 and 2015 in English and French and held by 45 libraries worldwide
Documentary which traces the careers of René Lévesque and Pierre Elliot Trudeau, from the early years of their political lives, through Canada's constitutional crisis, and afterwards through 1986
Tommy Douglas : keeper of the flame by Donald Brittain( visu )
5 editions published between 1981 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 38 libraries worldwide
Traces the political career of T.C. (Tommy) Douglas, former premier of Saskatchewan and leader of the New Democratic Party, who was voted the Greatest Canadian in 2004 for his devotion to social causes, his charm and his powers of persuasion. Known as the "Father of Medicare," this one-time champion boxer and fiery preacher entered politics in the 1930s and never looked back
The Dionne quintuplets ( visu )
10 editions published between 1978 and 2008 in English and French and held by 37 libraries worldwide
Their bizarre, often grotesquely humorous, ultimately very tragic story is told in this ... documentary
Dreamland : a history of early Canadian movies, 1895-1939 by Donald Brittain( visu )
17 editions published between 1974 and 2017 in English and held by 34 libraries worldwide
People have become so sated with spectacular inventions and achievements that it is now difficult to imagine the sensation created by the first motion picture films, in which people actually moved about on the screen just as in real life. Little is left of those early days of Canadian cinema. But from the footage available, the filmmakers have pieced together an absorbing account of what went on the screens of the nation in those times, and of the people who influenced the fledgling industry. This compilation of early Canadian movies looks at: the premiere, in 1896, of a few-seconds-long film, Canada's first, called The Kiss; the sprouting of makeshift picture houses across the country, with exotic names like the Dreamland, the Palace and the Bijou; romantic melodramas, train robberies, fires, carnivals, hockey and royal visits; Canada's first nude scene, etc. The commentary is by veteran filmmaker, Gordon Sparling, who knew many of the enterprising film pioneers
Saul Alinsky Went to War ( visu )
10 editions published between 1968 and 2007 in English and held by 34 libraries worldwide
Saul Alinsky, executive director of Industrial Areas Foundation, explains his approach in organizing communities to fight poverty and injustice
Whistling Smith ( visu )
2 editions published between 1975 and 2006 in English and held by 30 libraries worldwide
Sergeant Bernie "Whistling" Smith pounds the beat on Vancouver's east side--the hang-out of petty criminals, down-and-outs, and a variety of unsavory characters. His policing is unorthodox. To many a drug user, petty thief, or young woman drawn into prostitution, he is more than the iron hand of the law, he is also counsellor and friend. Here is a revealing insight into one side of big-city life and a tough cop with a big heart
Canada at war ( visu )
3 editions published between 1962 and 2005 in English and held by 26 libraries worldwide
This historic 13 part series represents one of NFB's most ambitious documentary projects ever undertaken. Culled from over 16 million feet of film shot by Canadian, British, American, German and Russian cameramen, the series details Canada's war effort in relation to the overall allied strategy
Canada at war ( visu )
15 editions published between 1991 and 1997 in English and held by 25 libraries worldwide
An historic and ambitious thirteen part series which details Canada's war effort in relation to the overall allied strategy. From the battlefronts abroad to the civilian fronts at home, each twenty-four minute program represents part of a journey through Canada's World War II experience
Canada vignettes ( visu )
1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 24 libraries worldwide
A film on Wop May, one of Canada's leading bush pilots in the 1920s
King of the hill by Steven Soderbergh( visu )
13 editions published between 1974 and 2009 in English and held by 19 libraries worldwide
The story of Ferguson Jenkins, the first Canadian to achieve stardom in the major leagues
Paperland: The Bureaucrat Observed ( visu )
9 editions published between 1979 and 2009 in English and held by 17 libraries worldwide
An uninhibited, and sometimes merciless documentary on the merits and caprices of a number of bureaucracies, including those of Canada, Austria, Hungary, the Vatican and the British Virgin Islands
Death of a legend ( visu )
2 editions published in 2008 in English and held by 16 libraries worldwide
"This documentary film by Bill Mason is about wolves and the negative myths surrounding the animal. Exceptional footage portrays the wolf's life cycle and the social organization of the pack, as well as other film of caribou, moose, deer and buffalo."
Henry Ford's America ( visu )
6 editions published between 1977 and 2007 in English and held by 16 libraries worldwide
Documents the impact of automobiles on North American societies. Also examines the history of the Ford Motor Company using archival footage and stills
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Alternative Names
Brittain, Donald 1928-1989
Donald Brittain Canadees filmregisseur (1928-1989)
Donald Brittain Canadian filmmaker
Donald Brittain kanadský filmový režisér
Donald Brittain regista e produttore canadese
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French (11)
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