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Biggs, Julian

Overview
Works: 94 works in 201 publications in 2 languages and 779 library holdings
Genres: Short films  Drama  Children's films  History  Biography  Documentary films  Educational films  Juvenile works  Comedy films  Silent films 
Roles: Producer, Director, Author, Author of screenplay, pmn
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Most widely held works by Julian Biggs
High steel( Visual )

7 editions published between 1965 and 2008 in English and held by 130 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. (Seven awards, including Cork; Berlin; Melbourne.)
Perspective( Visual )

2 editions published in 1956 in English and held by 122 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This documentary, directed by Fergus McDonnell, is about the treatment of patients with mental illness
Paddle to the sea by National Film Board of Canada( Visual )

8 editions published between 1966 and 2009 in English and held by 110 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

An Indian boy carves a figure in a small canoe and sends it on a journey through the Great Lakes to the sea
Buster Keaton Rides Again by John Spotton( Visual )

11 editions published between 1965 and 2010 in English and held by 51 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
A little fellow from Gambo : the Joey Smallwood story( Visual )

8 editions published between 1970 and 2010 in English and held by 41 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A Father of Confederation, first Premier of Newfoundland and one of Canada's most colorful political figures, this is a lively portrait of Joseph Roberts Smallwood (or "Joey" as he is known to most Canadians). Filmed during two and one half active months that included a stormy Liberal leadership convention, the film reveals a man that perhaps not even his close associates and adversaries understand
23 skidoo( Visual )

2 editions published between 1964 and 2008 in English and held by 34 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Creates suspense in the unexplained solitude that prevails in the everyday scene of downtown and suburban America - at the city intersection, at a railway station, in a suburban home. Attributes the absence of life and activity to the explosion of a neutron bomb
Crossroads by Eric Clapton( Visual )

3 editions published between 1957 and 2008 in English and held by 32 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This sensitive drama tells the story of a couple, Roy and Judy, and the reactions they encounter when they announce their intention to marry, reactions complicated by the fact that Roy is black and Judy is white
Wolfe and Montcalm by Allan Wargon( Visual )

3 editions published between 1957 and 2009 in English and held by 19 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

In a true show of battling superpowers, France and Great Britain instigated the first-ever globally-fought war (Europe, French occupied North America and British-occupied India) in 1756. Two of the most historic figures of the Seven Years' War, British Commander-in-Chief James Wolfe and French commander Louis-Joseph de Montcalm, clashed in a pivotal moment during the Seven Years' War at the Battle of the Plains of Abraham, before dying within a day of each other. A few years later, France and Great Britain signed The Treaty of Paris ending the war with Canada being effectively declared an official British colony. This film recreates the tense hours before the Battle of the Plains of Abraham, and then the battle itself
The Railrodder( Visual )

6 editions published between 1965 and 2009 in English and held by 18 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

A screen short starring Buster Keaton, this is one of the last films of the comedian's long career. As "the railrodder" he crosses Canada from east to west on a railway track speeder. As might be expected, the film is full of sight gags as Keaton putt-putts his way to British Columbia. Not a word is spoken throughout, and Keaton is as spry and ingenious at fetching laughs as he was in the days of the silent slapsticks
The railrodder ; Buster Keaton rides again( Visual )

8 editions published between 1993 and 2007 in English and French and held by 18 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."
Joseph Howe: The Tribune of Nova Scotia( Visual )

4 editions published between 1961 and 2013 in English and held by 15 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

The printed word was his weapon, the courtroom his duelling ground. On March 1 1834, when Joseph Howe, editor of the Nova Scotian and champion of the reform, stood before a court on a charge of seditious libel, no lawyer dared defend him. So he defended himself and won a victory for freedom of the press
Alexander Galt: The Stubborn Idealist( Visual )

4 editions published between 1962 and 2012 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Depicts events in the life of Alexander Galt who fought for the union of French and English Canada. Shows the personal clashes and interplay of political ambitions which left their mark on Canadian history
Lord Elgin: Voice of the People( Visual )

4 editions published between 1959 and 2012 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"This man's faith in the right of people to rule themselves was stronger than the threat of the mob or his own fear of failure. Successor to Durham, he saw established the principles on which Canadian government stands today."--NFB film guide
Robert Baldwin: A Matter of Principle( Visual )

3 editions published between 1961 and 2007 in English and held by 11 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

His heart was with the rebels, but his principles bound him to the cause of constitutional reform. Here, in a stirring reconstruction of the Upper Canada Rebellion of 1837, you see Robert Baldwin, the reform leader who, in the midst of armed revolt, withdrew to fight a lonely battle with himself
William Lyon Mackenzie: A Friend to His Country( Visual )

3 editions published between 1961 and 1996 in English and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"In the Parliament of Upper Canada a smug, satisfied governing Council bridled under the scathing attacks of a fiery Scot whom they branded 'the ranting radical.' This film portrays his election, his later defeat, his exile, and his fight for responsible government."--NFB film guide
John A. Macdonald: The Impossible Idea by John A Macdonald( Visual )

4 editions published between 1961 and 2008 in English and French and held by 9 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"The fox is out of tricks," taunted his opponents. "Bankrupt of ideas, he offers us clouds." Such was the reception of the Macdonald vision of a Dominion reaching from sea to sea - an audacious proposal, regarded as uncertain of success even by his supporters. Here is a memorable flashback
Dresden Story( Visual )

2 editions published in 2007 in English and held by 7 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

This documentary film goes to Dresden, Ontario, to sample local attitudes towards the racial problems that brought this town into the news. After a round-up of the opinions of individual citizens, white and black, commentator Gordon Burwash joins two discussion panels, presenting opposite points of view. The rights and wrongs of the quarrel are left for the audience to decide
Lord Durham( Visual )

6 editions published between 1961 and 2006 in English and French and held by 6 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Dramatic biography of the life of Lord Durham. "When he opened the way for self-government in Canada he closed the door on his own political success ; but in the end, the policies he declared for Canada became the pattern for self-rule in the rest of the Commonwealth."--Container verso
Louis-Joseph Papineau - Le demi-dieu( Visual )

4 editions published between 1995 and 2007 in French and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

Le film "Louis-Joseph Papineau, le demi-dieu" raconte qu'en 1835, Papineau refuse de siéger au Parlement, mais les manoeuvres du gouverneur, Lord Aylmer, l'obligent à battre en retraite (28 min 8 sec. noir et blanc). "Robert Baldwin, une question de principe" retrace les circonstances lorsque Robert Baldwin prend la tête du Mouvement de réforme, suite à la rébellion de 1837 dans le Haut-Canada. Reconstitution historique (31 min. 55 sec. noir et blanc)
Louis-Joseph Papineau: The Demi-God( Visual )

2 editions published between 1961 and 2012 in English and held by 5 WorldCat member libraries worldwide

"A proud, defiant man, skillful in parliamentary debate, and Speaker of the Lower House, Louis-Joseph Papineau's sympathies were with the plain people pillaged by a mercantile ruling clique. When legislation became the instrument of private advantage he brought government to a standstill."--NFB film guide
 
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