Street (1976)

Genres - Avant-garde / Experimental  |   Run Time - 10 min.  |   Countries - Canada  |  
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Caroline Leaf draws and animates the 1976 short film Street using broad ink strokes and monochromatic watercolor wash, which lend the work a deliberately coarse and crude feel. An adaptation of a short story by noted Canadian humorist Mordecai Richler (The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz, Joshua Then and Now), Street explores the reactions of various members of a family to the grandmother's impending death. Cutting against the grain of more traditional uses of animation, Leaf's tone is dark, critical, and heart-rending. Guy Glover produced the film, with funding from the National Film Board of Canada; John Hood, Sarah Dwight, Vera Heitman, Mort Ransen and Howard Ryshpan provide the voices of the family members.



deathbed, death-in-family, family-member, grandmother