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Brittain, Donald

Works: 245 works in 467 publications in 2 languages and 1,149 library holdings
Genres: Biography  History  Interviews  Drama  Criticism, interpretation, etc  Military history  Personal narratives  Documentary films 
Roles: Author of screenplay, Author, Director, Narrator, Writer of accompanying material, Commentator, Film editor, Producer
Classifications: ML410.S932, 780.92
Publication Timeline
Most widely held works by Donald Brittain
Stravinsky by Wolf Koenig( Visual )

2 editions published between 1995 and 1997 in English and held by 73 WorldCat member 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( Visual )

14 editions published between 1965 and 2008 in English and held by 54 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
Canada at war( Visual )

17 editions published between 1962 and 2005 in English and held by 50 WorldCat member 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
Fields of sacrifice( Visual )

8 editions published between 1963 and 2008 in English and held by 39 WorldCat member 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
Buster Keaton Rides Again by John Spotton( Visual )

6 editions published between 1965 and 2005 in English and held by 36 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."
Tommy Douglas keeper of the flame by Donald Brittain( Visual )

4 editions published between 1986 and 2009 in English and Undetermined and held by 34 WorldCat member 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
Dreamland a history of early Canadian movies, 1895-1939 by Donald Brittain( Visual )

11 editions published between 1974 and 2013 in English and held by 29 WorldCat member 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
The Dionne quintuplets( Visual )

5 editions published between 1978 and 2008 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Their bizarre, often grotesquely humorous, ultimately very tragic story is told in this ... documentary
Saul Alinsky went to war( Visual )

9 editions published between 1968 and 2007 in English and held by 27 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Saul Alinsky, executive director of Industrial Areas Foundation, explains his approach in organizing communities to fight poverty and injustice
The Champions( Visual )

10 editions published between 1981 and 2006 in English and French and held by 25 WorldCat member 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
Canada vignettes( Visual )

1 edition published in 2008 in English and held by 23 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A film on Wop May, one of Canada's leading bush pilots in the 1920s
Whistling Smith( )

2 editions published between 1975 and 2006 in English and held by 21 WorldCat member 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
Henry Ford's America( Visual )

6 editions published between 1977 and 2007 in English and held by 17 WorldCat member 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
Canada's sweetheart the saga of Hal C. Banks by Donald Brittain( Visual )

9 editions published between 1985 and 2013 in English and Undetermined and held by 17 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A docudrama about the American mobster who broke the Canadian Seaman's Union in 1949. The dramatization is interspersed with interviews of people involved in the actual events
Paperland: The Bureaucrat Observed( Visual )

8 editions published between 1979 and 2009 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Irreverent documentary that lays bare the idiosyncrasies of bureaucracy and attempts to make the functions of public service more comprehensible
The Champions a three-part series = Les Champions : une série en trois parties( Visual )

4 editions published between 1986 and 2008 in English and held by 14 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

René Lévesque et Pierre Elliott Trudeau, deux des politiciens les plus marquants de l'histoire du Canada, sont au coeur de cette série. À l'aide de photos exceptionnelles, de séquences d'actualités filmées et d'entrevues avec de proches collègues, le film déroule la toile de fond de la lutte opposant les deux hommes et leur idéologie et, ce faisant, aide à faire la lumière sur l'une des grandes crises de l'histoire canadienne. Les Champions : surprenantes destinées présente les premières années, depuis la période universitaire au début des années 1950 jusqu'à 1967, annéee où Lévesque quitte le Parti libéral et où Trudeau devient ministre fédéral de laJustice. Les champions : la façade du pouvoir s'attache aux années 1967 à 1977, une décennie marquée par trois victoires électorales de Trudeau, la crise d'Octobre et l'ascension au pouvoir du Parti québécois. Les champions : le dernier combat couvre la période de 1976 à 1986 et met au jour les rudes tractations menées dans le cadre du premier référendum du Québec et du rapatriement de la Constitution. Parallèlement, l'épisode retrace les circonstances ayant mené à la retraite de la vie politique de chacun des deux hommes et fait ressortir des points tournants de l'histoire récente du pays."--Conteneur
Has anybody here seen Canada? a history of Canadian movies, 1939-1953 : from the dawn of the documentary to the coming of the box( Visual )

3 editions published in 1978 in English and held by 13 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"Through rare film footage and interviews with some of the pioneers who made film history, this documentary traces the history of filmmaking in Canada from 1939-1953. It covers the establishment of the National Film Board in 1939; the war years; Canada's first Oscar; and John Grierson's sudden demise as Canada's driving force in the industry. We witness the struggles of the private film producers, the development of the film industry in Qub̌ec, and the emergence of the documentary. Above all, the film asks whether the alternating fortunes of the Canadian film industry, in the face of an overwhelming American presence, reflect the attitudes of the Canadian people towards themselves and their culture."--Container
The King chronicle( Visual )

3 editions published in 1988 in English and held by 12 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Part 1 looks at King's early life, from his childhood to his first years in office. The episode ends in 1926, with King ensnared in a customs scandal that threatened to cut short his political career. Part 2 looks at King's increasing interest in mysticism and his role in events leading to World War II and as mediator between Roosevelt and Churchill during the war. This episode ends with the invasion of Hong Kong and Churchill's 1941 visit to Canada. Part 3 looks at the Conscription Crisis and King's last term in office, ending with his retirement in 1948
The candid eye( Visual )

1 edition published in 1993 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

These materials raise considerations such as: Is there such a thing as a completely candid film? What difference does the presence of the camera make for those who are under its scrutiny? Should the filmmaker be an uninvolved fly-on-the-wall who records life as it happens, or an engaged participant? What ethical issues are involved in the making of a cinema verite documentary?
Something to celebrate( Visual )

4 editions published in 1983 in English and No Linguistic content and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Something to celebrate sets out to prove that life doesn't necessarily slow down after the age of 60. This upbeat film about old age features people ranging in years from 71 to 92. From Betty Brett, who celebrated her 72nd birthday by riding in a hot air balloon, to Bill Oliver, a fraud artist who retired to become an honest man at the age of 74, they are all individuals with a fierce sense of independence and a notion that the best way to keep alive is to be intensely curious about tomorrow
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