Canada on Screen summer '17

La petite Aurore, l'enfant martyre

Little Aurore's Tragedy

Jean-Yves BigrasCanada102 minutes195214AB&WFrench

Sat
Jul 29
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Adapted from an infamous true story about a ten-year-old Quebec girl's suffering at the hands of her stepmother — a subject which had already been adapted into a 1921 play, which was performed more than 6,000 times over the next three decades — La petite Aurore was a huge commercial success that helped launch the nascent Quebec film industry in the 1950s. Although many critics scorned the film for what they viewed as its limited visual grammar, amateurish acting and sensationalistic storytelling, Aurore served as the foundation for a certain kind of popular Quebecois cinema.

Adapté d'une scabreuse affaire de moeurs sur la relation malsaine entretenue entre une marâtre et sa belle-fille de dix ans — un sujet qui avait déjà été porté au théâtre en 1921, avec 6?000 représentations au cours des trois décennies suivantes — La petite Aurore, l'enfant martyre est le phénomène commercial qui a contribué à lancer l'industrie du cinéma québécois durant les années 1950. Même si plusieurs critiques ont méprisé sa grammaire cinématographique limitée, le jeu amateur de ses acteurs et son sensationnalisme, Aurore a jeté les bases d'un certain cinéma populaire québécois.

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