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Sidney Poitier is 90!

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Today, we’re celebrating something important: the legendary Sidney Poitier is 90, and he’s still with us! For the occasion, I’m hosting the 90 Years of Sidney Poitier Blogathon. Click here to read all the marvellous entries.

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The first Sidney Poitier’s film I saw was In the Heat of the Night. I remember renting it at this video store that, unfortunately, doesn’t exist anymore and, like most 1967 films, truly enjoyed it. As two of the participants indicated it in their article, it’s a shame Sidney  wasn’t Oscar nominated for his role. I honestly believe it’s one of his best performances. It’s full of strength, determination and charisma. You know, that kind of performance that shows us what great acting is. Anyway, just for that “They call me Mister Tibbs!” moment alone he should have been nominated.

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But, luckily, Sidney won the Oscar in 1964 for his brilliant performance in Lilies of the Fields (1963). A most deserved Oscar as, I believe, it’s his best performance (well, for the films I’ve seen so far). Just like his the film itself, is portraying of Homer Smith is touching and honest. He doesn’t fail to make us smile, and share out his anger toward Mother Maria! The most amazing thing about this Oscar win is that Sidney was the first African-American actor to win an Oscar (the first actress was Hattie McDaniel for her performance in Gone With the Wind (1939) as Mammy). And it was about time! Just take a look at this speech. Golden moments like this one don’t happen often at the Academy Awards.

He’s so happy 🙂 ❤ Anyway, that moment just makes me smile so much! On another note: Anne Bancroft is gorgeous.

So far, I’ve seen 10 Sidney Poitier’s films (I know, I have many more to see) and I never was disappointed. Well, the only one that I might have liked a little less is Something of Value. I don’t know, it was a bit too dramatic. But never Sidney Poitier failed to impress me. As I told it, he kills it with that determination, the clarity of his speech, his presence, his wisdom… And that laugh! My, I love it. It just warms your heart, don’t you think?

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Sidney was a man of many talents. Not only he could act, but he could also:

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And even sing! (Warning: for those who haven’t seen it, this is the final scene of Lilies of the Fields! )

Ok, where is that musical starring Poitier now? Is there one? Because if yes, you have to let me know asap. And if no, well… too bad.

Sidney Poitier was not only the first African-American actor to receive an Oscar, but he also was one of the first one to be cast in leading, various and serious roles (other than a servant or a singer in a club, like it was often the case in classic films). And he rocked it and proved that not just white actors were able to play all kinds of roles. (And, between you and me, he’s better than some of them… hahaha). Sidney has always shown the greatest example of anti-racism through his films. In The Defiant Ones, he proves that an African-American and a caucasian can become friends. In Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?, he proves that love between two persons of different ethnic groups is possible. In In the Heat of the Night, he proves that black men deserve to be respected as much as white men are, etc. Well, it’s more the film itself that proves all this, but let’s say he’s the proud representative of anti-racism movies. He’s a legend and everybody should be proud of him for what he brought to the divine art of cinema.

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There is much more I would like to know about Sidney Poitier. I’m familiar with his work as an actor, but, I’d like to know more about his life (other than what I can read on Internet…). So, biographies’ recommendations are quite welcome here!

In 1992 Sidney Poitier received his AFI Life Achievement Award. His friend Harry Belafonte (who will also celebrate his 90th birthday quite soon – March 1) payed a tribute to him by singing Amen. We can see Sidney he’s thrilled and it’s personally one of my most favourite YouTube videos ever!

 

Faithful to my habits, I’d now like to present you my top 10 Sidney Poitier’s film! Honestly, it’s a hard job because, as I’ve said, I really love all his movies. But, let’s give it a try:

1- A Patch of Blue (this one is my favourite for sure)
2- To Sir, with Love
3- Blackboard Jungle
4- Lilies of the Fields
5- The Defiant Ones
6- Guess Who’s Coming to Dinner?
7- No Way Out
8- In the Heat of the Night
9- Edge of the City
10- Something of Value
Well, that gives you a rough idea.
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Happy 90 birthday Sidney Poitier! You are one of a kind!
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Announcing The 2nd Golden Boy Blogathon: a William Holden Celebration!

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Hey there!

I’m so happy to announce that The Golden Boy Blogathon: a William Holden Celebration will be back again this year! William Holden is my second favourite actor and I truly enjoyed celebrating him via this blog last year. It was quite a success and everybody wrote marvellous pieces! So, it obviously had to be back! 🙂

Everybody is welcomed to participate. The event will take place from April 15 to April 17 (on Bill’s birthday), 2017.

As usual, there are some simple rules to follow:

1- Choose your subject. It can be anything related to William Holden. Please, no duplicates. William Holden had a long and beautiful career, so there are plenty of ideas. Of course, if you want to write something very personal like a tribute on why you love him (like I did last year), I can allow duplicates, because it’s a very vague topic. You can write more than one entry, but I would prefer you to limit yourself to two, precisely to give the chance to others to write about a topic they love (as I don’t allow duplicates).

2- Submit your subject by commenting on this post. You can also submit it via email at virginie.pronovost@gmail.com, Twitter @Ginnie_SP or via The Wonderful World of Cinema’s Facebook Page. Give me the name of your blog, the URL, and your topic.

3- Once your choice has been confirmed, please grab one of these banners to help me promote the event on your blog. The more the merrier! 🙂

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4- On twitter, use the following hashtag: #2GoldenBoyBlogathon

5- On the blogathon dates, April 15, 16 and 17, 2017, I will publish a new post where you’ll be able to submit your entries. You can also send them via email, Facebook or Twitter.

6- If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask. And enjoy yourself! 🙂


Here is the roster :

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Once again, let’s make him smile! 🙂 That smile! ❤

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Discovering Paul Dupuis

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Paul Dupuis is not a name that rings a bell to many people of my generation. However, if I talk about him with my grandparents or older people, they’ll remember him as this handsome man with a very deep voice who was “great in Les Belles Histories des Pays d’en Haut“. He was one of those French-Canadian actors that had its notoriety, but is unfortunately a bit forgotten nowadays. On my side, if I hadn’t seen Madness of the Heart, I would probably have not come across him. When I watched this British film for the first time, this handsome young man, who was cast as Margaret Lockwood’s love interest, picked my curiosity. So, I checked what was his name: Paul Dupuis. Hum, that’s sounded French! It was even better, he was Quebecois (or French-Canadian if you prefer). Last year, in my class of Quebecois cinema, I decided to do my final essay on films of the 40’s and the 50’s, but, to tell you the truth, that was mainly an excuse to see more Paul Dupuis’ films. 😉 I don’t regret it, because I saw some interesting stuff, movies that, just like Paul, are not remembered very well today.
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I’m really not an expert on Paul Dupuis and I’ve seen only three of his films. But I’ve chosen to write about him because I think he deserves more recognition. And if, like me, you like to discover new actors, well, there you go. I, however, have a sort of obsession with him and sometimes I can spend hours looking for articles and videos about him on the web. Quite a stimulating activity. It’s mostly through this research that I discovered myself a real fascination for the man. Paul Dupuis was one of a kind, and he was much more than a “simple” movie star.
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With the help of all my readings, I created this mini biography that I hope you’ll find complete and informative.
Who Was Paul Dupuis?
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 Paul Dupuis was born in Montreal on August 11, 1916. He was the son of Carmel Girouard and Pierre-Louis Dupuis, a juvenile court judge. From 1933 to 1934 he did classical studies at Collège de l’Assomption. Paul Dupuis’ love for acting started when he attended Collège St. Laurent and was part of the amateur theatre group “Les Compagnons de St. Laurent” (or simply “Les Compagnons”) create by Father Legault, to whom he owned his love for the theatre. In an article from La Voix de Shawinigan, Gabriel Langlais describes Paul Dupuis as “father Legault’s spiritual son”. Later, after Paul became an established movie and onstage actor, he eventually became assistant director, actor, professor, and director at Les Compagnons, at the request of Father Legault. His passage at Les Compagnons is well remembered for his successful performance in Shakespeare’s Henry IV as the leading role, in 1951.
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The journalist
It’s important to know that, despite his talent for acting, it was a bit by accident that he became an actor. Yes, he spent glorious times performing with Les Compagnons, but Paul first worked (briefly) as a newspaper cartoonist. He also worked as an announcer and director at Radio-Canada and joined CBC in 1937 and was sent, not long after, in London, as a War Correspondent. Meanwhile, he married Jacqueline-Thérèse Godin (daughter of Joseph-Eugène Godin et Hortense Mongenais) at St. Léon de Westmount church in 1939. They had two children, Pierre-Louis and Marie. In 1945, Paul, who then was a journalist, not an actor yet, made an important war reportage entitled Mort du Soldat Bourdage au Front in which he talked about the death of Private Bourdage and made a glorious portrait of him. However, the soldier was not really dead! His trace was lost after an explosion and he was declared dead, but a bit too early. Fortunately, this allowed Bourdages to see Dupuis’s wonderful tribute to him.
The raise of an actor
 Paul Dupuis’s first on-screen role (or should I say “appearance) was in Yellow Canary, a 1943’s British spy movie. He, however, was uncredited. Paul Dupuis first important role was in 1945’s Johnny Frenchman, a film about a Breton Fisherman directed by Charles Frend and also starring Patricia Roc, Paul Walls and Françoise Rosay. It’s a screen-test arranged by his friend Gerry Wilmott (who also worked at Radio-Canada) who led him to obtain an important role in the film. Paul then became a revelation, both in Europe and in his native country, Canada, where the film was first screened at Imperial Theatre in Montreal in Spring 1946. Johnny Frenchman was praised for its quality. An article from Independent Exhibitors Film Bulletin said about it that it had “a realism impossible to duplicate in Hollywood-made product.” The same journalist wrote that he and his co-star Patricia Roc were “natural and appealing as the British-French romantic pair.” Journalist Marc Thibeault also described him as a future big star of British Cinema in his article “Johnny Frenchman”, avec Paul Dupuis, une agréable surprise. Due to his success in the film, Paul Dupuis signed a long time contract with J. Arthur Rank in the 40’s.
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From 1945 to 1951, he shot about 15 films in England, including The White Unicorn, Passport to Pimlico, Madness of the Heart, The Reluctant Widow and Sleeping Car to Trieste.  For many of these roles, only goods were said about Paul Dupuis:

For their performance in the comedy-thriller Sleeping Car to Trieste, Paul Dupuis and his co-stars Derrick de Marney and Jean Kent were said to be “prominent in the action” in a Showmen’s Trade Review article of April 1949. Another article from the same magazine qualified his performance in Passport to Pimlico (June 1949) of “convincing”. Moreover, a July 1949’s article praised Paul Dupuis’ performance in Madness of the Heart (his second film alongside Margaret Lockwood, the first one being The White Unicorn) and said about it:”Paul Dupuis proves his ability with a sincere, clear-cut characterization as the French husband.” The film has its faults, but, like many Margaret Lockwood’s films from the 40’s, it was a commercial success. There is no doubt on the convincing performances of the actors: Paul the French gentleman, Margaret Lockwood, his blind wife, and Kathleen Byron as the mean and jealous woman. The film was directed by Charles Bennett, most well-remembered for his collaborations with Alfred Hitchcock as a screenwriter (BlackmailThe Man Who Knew Too Much (1934), The 39 StepsSabotageSecret AgentYoung & InnocentForeign Correspondent and Saboteur). 

 

Paul’s career in Europe was not only spent in England, but also in France where he starred in  L’Inconnue de Montréal, Les Pépés font la loi, Passion de femmes, etc.

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Despite his success in Europe in the 40’s and 50’s, and his international reputation, Paul’s heart really belonged to Canada, and I believe the importance of his career, his unique persona was really created in his native country.  In a June 1951’s article for Photo Journal, Paul Dupuis was quoted saying ” Il faut quitter le Canada pour l’apprécier. Je n’ai jamais été un immigré. Les années passées loin de mon pays on été pour moi des années d’exil, malgré le succès qu’on s’est plu à me reconnaître en Europe.” ( You have to quit Canada to appreciate it. I never was an immigrant. The years spent far from my country were for me years of exile, despite the success I had in Europe.). This was his answer to the question ” Why are you coming back?” (to Canada). Interestingly enough, after the shooting of Madness of the Heart, Paul had a desire to go back to Canada with a Norwegian Cargo (as the road was more adventurous), but he had to cancel as the boat reservations were already all booked and he was requested to star in the film The Romantic Age (Edmond T. Gréville, 1949)

Paul’s first film made in Quebec was La Forteresse, a 1946’s film directed by Fédor Ozep in which he plays the role of an author-compositor suspected of murder. His co-stars were Nicole Germain, Jacques Auger et Henri Letondal. The exteriors of the film were shot in Quebec City and Montmorency Falls. That’s the second Paul Dupuis’ film I saw and he didn’t fail to impress me.

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On the set of La Forteresse with director Fédor Ozep

In Canada, Paul was also seen in Étienne Brûlé, Gibier de Potence, Ti-Coq, or Les Belles Histoires des Pays d’en Haut at the television. Actually, if you mentioned Paul Dupuis to a Quebecois, it’s more likely Ti Coq and Les Belles Histoires that will ring a bell. These are the productions he is most well-remembered for here. He grabbed the attention of writer Claude-Henri Grignon, author of Un homme et son péché and that’s how he obtained the role of Arthur Buies in the radio version of the novel as well as the television adaptation (entitled Les Belles Histoires des Pays d’en Haut). I have to be honest, I never saw Paul in Les Belles histories, but I’ve heard only goods about it. Paul Dupuis himself liked the character and found him to be appealing. As for Ti-Coq, this cinematographic adaptation of Gratien Gélinas’ play (also director by Gélinas and also starring Gélinas in the leading role), his role is a small, but appreciable and convincing. What I like about it is that he inspires wisdom.

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In Ti-Coq

 

The theatre man

” Actually, I would like to appear in the theatre, but I would have to be sure that the play and the part are just right for me, otherwise I think such an experiment would do me harm than good.” (Paul Dupuis, interviewed by Anthony Firth for Picturegoer, 1949)

 

We all remember that Paul’s interest in acting started while he was an actor for Les Companions de St-Laurent. His onstage career, however, didn’t stop there. While he was in England, he played in West-End London’s theatres, but, once again, his artistic heart truly belonged to Canada. There, we saw him on stage in Ten Little Indians in 1953 (presented by the Canadian Players), Henri IV (as I mentioned it earlier), or again in Claudel-Honegger’s Jeanne d’Arc au Bûcher  in the role of Brother Dominic. The play was staged by Jan Doat ( stage director at l’opéra de Paris) and bandmaster Wilfrid Pelletier. The premiere took place at the Palais du Commerce in July 1952 and opened the Festival 1953. Paul was chosen by la Société des Festivals de Montréal to star in the play, alongside Claude Nollier.

Radio and television
In the 60’s, Paul Dupuis forged an important radio and television career in Canada, putting his cinematic career a bit aside. On the television, he was the animator of Voix de Femmes, a feminine magazine where Mme Françoise Gaudet-Smet was revealing to women the secret of a good housekeeper and where Thérèse Casgrain was defending women’s legal rights. He was also seen in the cinematographic television show : Billet de faveur. He often made  important reportages for Radio-Canada, both on radio and television. I remember my uncle mentioning a coffee commercial with Paul Dupuis. I tried to find more information about it, but without success.
Apart from being recognized for his acting talent, his charm and his beauty, it seems that Paul Dupuis also had a magical speaking voice, which could surely assure him a successful radio career. Journalist Fernand Côté, said of Paul Dupuis that he was excellent to read texts and to give them all their “flavour and texture” and that he had a “convincing voice tone”. His voice was also said to be “amused, malicious and tragic”. On the radio, Paul Dupuis played the role of Julien Bédard in Jeunesse Doré, was the narrator of Une demie heure aver… directed by Madeleine Gérôme, reader for the special program of l’Organisation des mesures d’urgence, narrator for the show about the arctic Au Pays du Long Sommeil by André Morin (although I’m not sure if this was a television or a radio show…), animator for Billet de Faveur, etc.
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Mysterious Death
Despite his success on the radio and television in the 60’s, Paul Dupuis mysteriously put and end to his career in 1970. In 1976, he was found dead at the Nymark hotel in St-Sauveur, where he lived. He was only 60. He was buried at the Côte-des-Neiges Cemetery. Now, I’m a bit confused by the subject since, an article from The Montreal Gazette says that he died of natural causes, while Claude Jasmin, writer and once Paul Dupuis’s neighbour, implicitly mentions a suicide in his blogging article ” Mort à St-Sauveur”. The writer mentions Paul’s difficult character (which led him on the “blacklist”), alcoholic problems and his career downfall (which could indeed eventually lead to a suicide). Is it all true? Just like the man, I think this will remain a mystery and for the moment the sources on the subject are a bit limited. However, Paul Dupuis was much more than that, and he will always be remembered for the goods he brought to journalism, cinema, radio and television.
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The village of Saint-Sauveur in Quebec where Paul Dupuis lived.
The personality 
Yes, because Paul Dupuis was much more than a simple actor, he was a real personality, one of a kind. Interestingly enough, when he was criticized about his look, his answer on the subject was a bit similar to Ingrid Bergman’s one: while being interviewed by Anthony Firth for Picturegoer in 1949, he said to the journalist “At the beginning of my career, I have been told that my nose is not right to which I only answer: so what? I do not consider myself a glamour boy of the screen, and if my nose can stop me from becoming a good actor then I might as well look for another profession.” Well, take me like I am or don’t take me at all! That’s the spirit. Paul loved his acting profession and it was much more about talent than physical look for him. However, don’t get me wrong, he was often known as “the handsome Paul Dupuis”.
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Paul had a unique personality. Known as a very private man, he inspired both fear and respect, was a man of fine tastes, an independent, he was very polite, etc. Paul didn’t like to talk about himself, but he loved talking about his passions and interest. He appreciated music and his tastes were various: while he enjoyed Gregorian chants or Mozart, he also found a real revelation in blues and rock and roll, especially with Elvis Presley’s music. Paul also loved to read, especially authors of the 18e century. He loved nature, car rides (for him, to drive from St-Sauveur to Montreal and vice versa every day was not a problem), animals (especially horses and dogs), etc. His other hobbies were squash, singing, but what he liked to most was painting, as it is written in  Anthony Firth’s articlePaul also was an eccentric of his own kind. For example, as it is revealed by Fernand Côté, if he has to go to the Place des Arts (an important concert hall in Montreal) after a day of horse riding, he would go wearing horse riding’s outfit! Fernando Côté also said of Paul Dupuis that, despite some of his life challenges, he chose meditation and reflection instead of wickedness and aggressively. Paul was a wise and thoughtful man.
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As you can see, it is quite surprising that Paul Dupuis is a bit forgotten today, despite his success while he was alive. If I’ve seen only three of his films: Madness of the Heart, La Forteresse, and Ti-Coq, it’s really by reading all these articles about him that I became a fan. I mean, he was such a brilliant man!
I recently bought on eBay this autograph!
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And also this old magazine with Paul on the front page.
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I hope I succeed to give you an accurate life portrait of this magnificent French-Canadian man. It required a lot of research, which I had, fortunately, mostly done before I even
consider writing this article. If you wish to watch his films, why don’t you do like me and start with Madness of the Heart? 😉
I also invite you to check some of these Radio-Canada’s appearances and reportages from Paul Dupuis. It’s in French, but I think it’s worthy just to hear his voice. 🙂
This article was written for the O Canada Blogathon hosted by Silver Screenings and Speakeasy. Big thanks to Ruth and Kristina for hosting it!
Click on the following links to read the entries:
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See you! 🙂

Sources:

1- “Actor Paul Dupuis Dead.” The Montreal Gazette Jan 26, 1976: 41. Google News Archives. Web. 5  Feb, 2017.
2-Côté, Ferdand. ” Notre reporter a passé une demie-heure avec Paul Dupuis.” La Semaine à Radio-Canada Aug 7, 1965: 8. BANQ Numérique. Web. 5 Feb, 2017.
3- Côté, Fernand. ” Paul Dupuis aime avant tout, son métier, la nature et les bêtes.” La Semaine à Radio-Canada March 31, 1962: 5. BANQ Numérique. Web. 5 Feb, 2017.
4- Didier René. ” Les anciens et les anciennes du collège de l’Assomption – Les membres du 98e cours.” 2007, http://classomption.qc.ca/wp-content/uploads/2016/07/LES_ANCIENS098_version1.pdf
5- Firth, Anthony. “Paul Dupuis.” Picturegoer (Archive: 1932-1960), vol. 18, no. 757, Nov 05 1949, pp. 14. Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive. Proquest. Web. 5 Feb, 2017.
6- Jasmin, Claude. “Mort à Saint-Sauveur! [Paul Dupuis].” Claude Jasmin, Écrivain- Poing Comme Net Dec 7, 2005. http://www.claudejasmin.com/wordpress/?p=221. 5 Feb, 2017.
7- “La mort mystérieuse du soldat Bourdages.” Radio-Canada Archives – À Rebours. http://ici.radio-canada.ca/emissions/a_rebours/2012-2013/archives.asp?date=2013-05-17. 5 Feb, 2017
8- Leyendecker. “Johnny Frenchman British Import Appeal Limited.” Independent Exhibitors Film Bulletin, 1946. Internet Archive. Web. 5 Feb, 2017.
9- Langlais, Gabriel. “Paul Dupuis.” La Voix de Shawinigan Jul 20, 1960. Google News Archives. Web. 5 Feb, 2017.
10- “L’élégance de Paul Dupuis.” Photo Journal March 20, 1952: 20. Google News Archives. Web. 5 Feb, 2016.
11- “Madness of the Heart.” Showmen’s Trade Review Jul 30, 1949: 20. Internet Archive. Web. 5 Feb, 2017.
12- Maillet, André. “Paul Dupuis révèle de précieux secrets.” Photo Journal Jun 21, 1951. Google News Archives. Web. 5 Feb, 2016.
13- “Passport to Pilmicot.” Showmen’s Trade Review Jun 11, 1949: 30. Internet Archive. Web. 5  Feb, 2017.
14- “Paul Dupuis Arrives.” The Montreal Gazette Sept 28, 1946: 11. Google News Archives. Web. 5 Feb, 2017.
15- “Paul Dupuis à Voix de Femmes.” L’Action Populaire- L’Horizon Jun 7, 1967: 11. Google News Archives. Web. 5 Feb, 2017.
16- “Paul Dupuis dans le rôle titre du Frère Dominique dans Jeanne d’Arc, le 30.” Le Canada July 27, 1953. Google News Archives. Web.
17- “Paul Dupuis jeune artiste de talent.” La Patrie May 27, 1947: 17. Google News Archives. Web. Feb 5, 2017.
18- “Quebec Actor Paul Dupuis is found Dead in Hotel.” Boxoffice (Archive: 1920-2000), vol. 108, no. 20, Feb 23 1976 Entertainment Industry Magazine Archive. Proquest. Web. 5 Feb, 2017.
19- Thibault, Marc. ” Johnny Frenchman avec Paul Dupuis, une agréable surprise.” Le Canada May 13, 1946. Google News Archives. Web. 5 Feb, 2017.
20- “Une demie heure avec…” La Semaine à Radio-Canada Aug 19, 1961: 7. BANQ Numérique. Web. 5 Feb, 2017.
21- “What the Critics Say about Johnny Frenchman.” Ottawa Citizen Feb 8, 1947: 10. Google News Archives. Web. 5 Feb, 2017.
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Announcing the 90 Years of Sidney Poitier Blogathon!

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This year, we celebrated Margaret Lockwood and Olivia de Havilland’s centennials via blogathons. 100 is a wonderful age (my grandmother is almost 100), but 90 too! On Fabruary 20, 2017, the great and iconic Sidney Poitier would turn 90. We are lucky he is still with us. ❤

As I love Poitier, I thought: Why not celebrate him with a blogathon! This is why I invite you to participate in the 90 Years of Sidney Poitier Blogathon! The event will take place from February 18 to February 20, 2016.

I must admit, I was very impatient to announce this event. As a matter of fact, this post is ready since July… I know he is loved by many, so I’m looking forward to your participation and your help to spread the word!

Huh, before you ask, I don’t want to wait 10 years to celebrate Poitier on his centennial O_o

Sidney Poitier changed the curse of film history. He was the first African-American actor to win an Oscar (while Hattie McDaniel was the first actress) and, as his friend Harry Belafonte said, he also was the first African-American actor to be given more important roles. He is a real icon of anti-racism movies and that’s because of this and his talent as an actor that he highly deserves to be celebrated.

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To participate to the 90 Years of Sidney Poitier Blogathon, I invite you first to read the few rules:

1- Choose a topic. It can be anything related to Sidney Poitier. I allow duplicates, but no more than 2 blogs on the same film/subject. Articles must be new material.

2- I will allow a maximum of two topics per blogs. Simply to give chances to other as I don’t allow duplicates.

3- Once you’ve chosen your topic, submit it in the comment section, via Twitter at @Ginnie_SP or via my e-mail address virginie.pronovost@gmail.com.

4- Help me spread the world as I want this to be a big event: grab one of these banners to help me promote the blogathon on your blog.

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5- On the blogathon days, I will update a new post where you would submit your entries. Don’t forget that it starts on February 18, 2017, and ends on February 20, 2017

6- If you have any questions, don’t hesitate to ask! And, most important of all: have fun!

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Here is a list of the participant blogs and their subject


I’m impatient for this to happen! 🙂 Let’s honour Sidney the best we can!

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Simon Templar’s Golden Journey

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I’m happy to participate, for the second time since I create this blog, to the Favourite TV Show Episode Blogathon hosted by my friend Terence from A Shroud of Thoughts. Last year, I wrote about The Donna Reed Show‘s episode The Caravan. This time, we’re back in the woods, but with an episode coming from another very favourite TV show of mine: The Saint. The episode I’ll explore today, The Golden Journey, is part of the first season.

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In this episode, the notorious Simon Templar (Roger Moore) is in Spain with his best friend’s fiancee, Belinda (Erica Rogers), and her aunt (Stella Bonheur). He doesn’t like her very much, because she is lazy and always complains. As he says, she acts like a “spoiled brat”. Her aunt agrees with Simon Templar, and the two decide to give a lesson to the lady. When she is sleeping, Simon goes in Belinda’s room and steals her money, her passport and her jewels. She then has nothing to live in a foreign country and she’s pretty desperate. After trying to steal an automobile, she’s put in jail, but Simon pays the caution so she can be freed. Simon is going on a hiking trip and proposes her to come with him. She doesn’t like the idea of walking during a hundred miles, but she doesn’t have much choice as she has no money and no place to go. During the expedition she’s constantly complaining (as always), but Simon knows this will be a good way to “tame” her and make her be more responsible, less lazy and appreciate life as it is.

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This episode of The Saint is very different from the other ones as it doesn’t involve a murder or any criminal case, like it normally is the case. As always, Simon Templar is ready to help the others, but, this time, he’ll help a girl being a better person instead of helping an innocent victim. The Simon Templar from The Golden Journey doesn’t play the detective, but a simple backpacker. However, he remains Simon Templar: the handsome man who is ready to do everything to reach his goal, even steal. The mocker Simon Templar, the seductive Simon Templar and, of course, the Simon Templar who always wins.

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I think that’s one of the major facts why this is one of my favourite episodes from The Saint: it’s a plot that doesn’t involve a crime, so it’s very surprising. It’s different and makes us realize that, whatever the subject, this tv show remains great. But don’t get me wrong, I love the episodes involving a crime or a conspiracy. Otherwise, it wouldn’t be one of my very favourite TV shows! That goes without saying. 😉

Of course, the characters make this episode very lively. The contrast between Simon Templar and the annoying Belinda makes it very entertaining. We often wonder how he manages to tolerate her. But, of course, Roger Moore always has to perfect timing as Simon Templar. He is credible, and how can we resist to this low and smooth voice? While being a gentleman (or not so!) he also knew how to play comedy in a very refined way. I can definitely say Simon Templar is my favourite television male character. He’s just sooo cool! Has for Erica Rogers who plays Belinda, well, I must admit I’m not very familiar with her, having only seen her in The Saint. But I must say she does an incredible job as for the evolution of her character. As much as we are annoyed by her at the beginning, we learn to appreciate her, as she becomes, slowly but certainly, a better person.

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I must admit that there’s a thing that always make me laugh in this episode: Belinda starts doing the expedition wearing high heels… but when those [obviously] break, Simon Templar gives her another pair of shoes. These are not high-heels, but cute fancy sandals. Anyway, not the type of shoes to wear for hiking! What was going on in their mind?

But this episode also makes me nostalgic, because of the scene when Simon shows to Belinda how to wash dishes with cold water and dirt. He said he learned that in his summer camp. Well, I did that too in my summer camp, when we were going on an expedition. When you are in the woods, you have to be resourceful!

The Saint’s Golden Journey allows us to see some beautiful Spanish landscapes. However, I don’t know if it was really shot in Spain. Some natural landscapes really made me think of those here in North America. But, anyway, Simon Templar certainly knows how to find the great camping spots. The one next to the beach is just a real dream! Imagine being there, alone with Simon Templar (or Roger Moore). Ouuuuu! 😉 Hard to resist.

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If you want to see something different among The Saint‘s episodes, I think The Golden Journey would be a great example as I just explained why in this post.

If you haven’t seen this episode and wish to watch it (which I highly recommend), here is a link to do so:

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Before leaving you, I’d like you to know how I discovered this TV show. Because people often wonder how a 20 (almost 21) year old girl get to watch old television shows. I must agree, this might be more surprising than watching old movies. Well, a few years ago, my parents gave me a dvd box set with movie star documentaries. Of course, one of them was about Roger Moore. In the documentary, they were talking about The Saint and showing an excerpt alone with the opening credits (which are, by the way, so cool). So, that made me want to see it, and I discovered it was available on a website where I watch tv shows. I was immediately captivated with the first episode and charmed with Simon Templar. As a matter of fact, I often say that this is my favourite TV show. One day, I was watching it and my father saw and said “Hey, you’re watching The Saint!” Believe it or not, he was watching it too when he was young. So that’s a TV show that can interest many generations!

What I like the most about every “Saint” episodes is when Simon Templar is introduced at the beginning and then this little aureole appears above his head and then the opening credits start. It’s simply awesome.

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I ought to thanks Terence again for hosting such a nice blogathon! Of course, make sure to read the other entries, here:

The Favourite TV Show Episode Blogathon.

See you soon!

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