As a study of political corruption in Quebec, Rejeanne Padovani is a damning indictment. Unfortunately its strength is also its weakness. In movies, one should never stick to the truth when the truth is drab. Director Denys Arcand apparently depends on the film’s moral importance to outweigh any objection one may have otherwise to this low-key, slow, somewhat rambling story about a millionaire kingpin in public works who arranges to have his wife murdered when she returns to his life after a long affair.By JOHN HOFSESS8 min
BACK TO CLOTHES WE ONCE WORKBYE-BYE BERYL IN SEVENTY-FOUR
The Premier himself would drop down to the hilltop in his red-whiteand-black helicopter; the big band from CFB Halifax Stadacona would be oom-pah-pahing away all through the sunlight of the late afternoon; there’d be surgeons, heads of hospitals, professors, bankers, educators, MPs, mayors, clergymen, merchant princes, lawyers, deputy ministers, admirals, top dogs from all over Lunenburg County, from all over the province even; and there might be 1,000 lesser folk who’d all come out to see the sudden little miracle of the Bonny Lea Farm School at Chester, NS; and the brain-damaged kids, the ones the whole beautiful shebang was really all about, they’d be there, too, holding the ribbon for the Premier to cut; and then, on the day before this grandest of all openings, somebody remembered.By HARRY BRUCE5 min
Put 75 women (and a handful of men) together for a weekend, tell them to talk about Canadian Women in Literature — and what do you get? An “historic” conference. Not so much for what was done there (what do people ever do at conferences?) but for what was felt.By MYRNA KOSTASH5 min
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