New Television Workshop Collection

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Elder, The

Artists:
Palardy, Claude
Beauchamp, Louise-Marie

Extent:
1 videocassette of 1 (ca. 6 1/2 min.) : sd., col. ; 3/4 in.
See the record for "New Television, Episode 102 (1991)" for additional descriptions of videos containing this work.

Background:
Broadcast as a segment of Episode 102 of the 1991 season of "New Television."

Scope:
A 3/4" screening copy exists. See the record for "New Television, Episode 102 (1991)" for additional descriptions of videos containing this work.

"...[In] this short film...members of a family drive an elderly woman to a nursing home. Through both realistic and dreamlike sequences, the film translates, without the use of words, the character's inner experience into memorable and haunting images." -- WGBH press release

The piece moves from everyday images to evocative fantasy scenarios. The family drops off the older woman, who leaves her countryside home. Images follow, showing the family and a group of elders in a desertlike setting. The woman sits alone on a bed amidst this landscape.

"Purcell's aria ´When I Am Laid in Earth' provides the tone and structure." -- WGBH press release
The aria is from "Dido and Aeneas." The musical arrangement is by Frederic Weber, and the piece is sung by Louise-Marie Beauchamp.



Directors:
Palardy, Claude
Beauchamp, Louise-Marie (Codirector)
Berthiaume, Marc Andre (Director of Photography)

Producers:
Palardy, Claude
Beauchamp, Louise-Marie

Editor:
Palardy, Claude

Funders:
Programme Francais de l'ONF
Aide du Cinema Independent (Quebec)
Canada Council, The ; Explorations Program

Performers:
Despot, Cecile
Beauchamp, Louise-Marie
Tessier, Mikael
Desjardins, Julien
Ducharme, Gratia

Subjects:
Aging
Nursing homes


See Also:
New Television, Episode 102 (1991)





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