PHOTOS from Thumper: The Memoirs of the Honourable Donald S. Macdonald
The Honourable Donald S. Macdonald’s new memoir, Thumper, offers a behind-the-scenes account of his political career that spanned four decades and included posts as House leader, minister of national defence, minister of energy, and minister of finance.
Drawing on extensive archival resources and contemporaneous personal diaries, Macdonald insightfully details his friendship with Trudeau, fascinating encounters with world leaders, and personal revelations about the October Crisis.
Rowing on the River Cam while I studied world trade at Cambridge, 1956–57. Macdonald is the third rower from the coxswain.
A jubilant Pierre Trudeau after winning the Liberal leadership in 1968. As the first MP from Ontario to support him, Macdonald is close by, just to the right.
Riding in a military jeep on the base of the Royal 22nd Regiment (Van Doos) during the October Crisis of 1970.
When President Nixon addressed the House of Commons in 1972, he noticed that Canadian politicians pounded our desks rather than applaud, so joined in by using Macdonald’s desk.
Indira Gandhi, prime minister of India, “one of the most serene yet toughest leaders I was honoured to meet.”
Editorial cartoonist Duncan Macpherson takes a lighter look at the minister of energy’s efforts to keep oil prices low in Canada. (The Toronto Star)
Duncan Macpherson’s portrayal of Supermac taking free trade to the canyons of Wall Street. (The Toronto Star)
New Release: INSIDE THE HISTORICAL FILM
Inside the Historical Film, by Bruno Ramirez, is an exploration of the power of cinema to enrich our understanding of the past.
From cinema’s beginnings filmmakers have turned to the past for their stories, so much so that in many ways our historical culture is shaped more in the movie theatre than in the classroom.
Tony Nardi as Joe Aiello in La déroute / Mr. Aiello (Photo by Pierre Dury. Courtesy of AC PAV)
Marina Orsini as Sara in Il Duce Canadese (Photo by Céline Lalonde. Courtesy of Ciné Télé Action Inc.)
In Inside the Historical Film, Ramirez discusses a wide range of films, from various historical and national contexts, pointing to the role that film-crafts play in translating historical events into cinematic language. He takes the reader through the process of conception, research, design, and production of several films that he researched and co-wrote, explaining the decisions that were made to best convey historical knowledge.
Tony Nardi and Pierre Curzi as Cordasco during his coronation as “the King of Italian labourers” (Photo by Daniel Keiffer. Courtesy of AC PAV)
Photos: You’re Not Dead until You’re Forgotten
You’re Not Dead until You’re Forgotten is the memoir of John Dunning, Canada’s most prominent movie mogul that most people have never heard of. Co-written by Bill Brownstein, the book recounts Dunning’s rough-and-tumble upbringing in the Montreal suburb of Verdun in the 1930s, his modest start in the film industry behind the candy counter of his family’s movie theatre, and later, his ventures into film distribution and production. (Book info here.)
The following photos are from Dunning’s personal collection and are included the memoir.
John takes a break from work in his 8275 Mayrand Street office, wearing his ever-present ascot, in 1974.
The new Cinepix partners, André Link and John Dunning kick back at André’s cottage after learning of Valerie’s box-office gross in its first weekend of release.
Tripper (Bill Murray) gets instructions from director Ivan Reitman on the set of Meatballs at Camp White Pine in Haliburton, Ontario, during the summer of 1978.
John, David Cronenberg, and Rit Wallis on the set of Rabid on Prince Arthur Street in Montreal in 1974.
Sandino’s Nation, by Stephen Henighan
Ernesto Cardenal and Sergio Ramírez are two of the most influential Latin American intellectuals of the late twentieth and early twenty-first centuries. Addressing Nicaragua’s struggle for self-definition from divergent ethnic, religious, generational, political, and class backgrounds, they constructed distinct yet compatible visions of national history, anchored in a reappraisal of the early twentieth-century insurgent leader Augusto César Sandino.
Through a close reading of the works by Nicaragua’s best-known and most prolific modern authors, Stephen Henighan’s Sandino’s Nation studies the construction of Nicaraguan national identity during three distinct periods of the country’s recent history – before, during, and after the 1979-90 revolution.
Ernesto Cardenal and Sergio Ramírez, San José, Costa Rica, 1971 (courtesy of Sergio Ramírez)
Sergio Ramírez as a member of the Governing Junta for National Reconstruction, 1981 (copyright holder unidentifiable)
Ernesto Cardenal reads the New Testament to Sandinista guerrillas,
rural Nicaragua, 1978 (courtesy of Pedro Meyer and Zone Zero)
Ernesto Cardenal reads his poetry at a rally in Masaya supporting Herty Lewites, Sandinista Renewal Movement candidate for president, 2005 (Courtesy of Chris Vail)