After Jehane Benoît, François Dompierre, Soil and Goblet, the brothers Vachon and many others, the Museum of Sutton, will pay tribute, this summer, another major figure in Quebec. Through the exhibition The rebel man, the public will be able to discover or rediscover Pierre Falardeau and his film work.
Lost to cancer on September 25, 2009 at 62 years of age, the latter left no one indifferent. Admired by some, reviled by others, his side polemicist has marked his career as a writer, a filmmaker and director.
One remembers, of course, his famous series Elvis Gratton, but also of more serious films like The Steak, The Party, October and February 15, 1839. Quebec independence and freedom are very often tinged his work and his speech.
“Falardeau has a filmography to be very interesting, in two tones : that of comedy and of politics. Although in the Elvis Gratton, there were two. For this exhibition, we wanted to focus on her film career “, suggests the head of temporary exhibitions at the Museum of communications and history of Sutton, Richard Leclerc.
This last reminds us that the institution makes it a point of honour always to highlight people who have inhabited the region. However, Falardeau had a secondary residence in Dunkin, that his wife Manon Leriche has always.
Moreover, it is by pure chance that Richard Leclerc was encountered. Three years ago, a lady from Sutton had asked him if he could take one of her friends on board while he was in Montreal. It is during the journey that he has learned that his passenger was the widow of Falardeau. The offer to dedicate an exhibition was made spontaneously.
“But organising such an event is always a time-consuming work. I saw Manon Leriche last summer to talk about the content of the exhibition, and I learned that she had a lot of artifacts, ” says Mr. Leclerc.
Presented during the next summer, national day in thanksgiving, The rebel man — this is the title that his family has chosen — will come at the same time mark the tenth anniversary of the death of Falardeau.
Although the stages of research and documentation, which are just beginning, Richard Leclerc already knows that the exhibition will include a video montage prepared from a documentary posthumously on Pierre Falardeau and trailers of his films.
Thanks to the photographer, Carl Valiquet, the museum should also be able to make public the pictures taken on the sets of’Elvis Gratton and February 15, 1839.
The small hotel will be able to count on the collaboration of the Cinémathèque québécoise to obtain film posters, and on the data bank film Elephant.
Richard Leclerc is also seeking to put the hand on the costumes worn by the actors Sylvie Drapeau, and Luc Picard on February 15, 1839. He could also get to the Museum of civilization in Québec city, the flamboyant “follows” red sequined Elvis Gratton.
At the invitation of Mrs. Leriche, a visit to the home of Dunkin is also expected to pick up some undiscovered treasures that could enrich the exhibition.
And beyond his filmography, it will also add excerpts from books published by Pierre Falardeau over the years. These could possibly be the subject of a public reading, ” says Mr. Leclerc.
In short, he wants a well-documented exposure and very personal. “We know Pierre Falardeau for his big mouth. There, we will know through the foundations of his life, his influences, the things that he loved, his approach to the history of Quebec, ” says he, emphasising that in September, the Cinémathèque québécoise will present in parallel a collection of political posters that belonged to the filmmaker.
That Falardeau has been a character polarizing does not change anything to its presence at the Museum.
“Me, I don’t have to take sides. I produced the exhibition on Jehane Benoit, a federalist accomplished who wrote his recipes in English. But I admire her for what she has done for the world of the kitchen and to the empowerment of women. We also talked about the scientist Gerald Bull, who had made rockets and was murdered. I am not critical of what they have done, I watch what they have done. It is a museum of history presents contemporary tales that are passed in the vicinity of Sutton. “
That said, he admits to having esteem for all the people who have been the subject of a retrospective at the Museum of Sutton. “These are all great people. “
When asked if other personalities of the area are in his sights for an upcoming exhibition, Richard Leclerc remains discreet, but you feel a smile in his voice. “Did you know that singer Monique Leyrac live in Sutton ? “