Mandeleine Is…(1971)

Day for Night and film historian and poet Colin Browne present the rarely seen made-in-Vancouver feature film Madeleine Is…(1971) about a young woman living in Vancouver, who seeks to find herself in a world where homeless people, socialist poseurs and fashion designers co-exist.

‘Mandeleine Is…’was the first Canadian dramatic feature film directed by a woman and made here in Vancouver. It features amazing shots of the West End, Gastown and “Skid Road” circa early 1970s Vancouver.


Sunday March 6th at 2:30. Doors at 2pm

Waldorf Hotel

1489 East Hastings

Following a dispute with her father, Madeleine (Nicola Lipman), a young Québécois women, goes to live in Vancouver. She works at several jobs there and becomes the mistress of Toro (John Juliani), a macho social worker and political activist. Preoccupied with fantasies about falling in love with a clown, Madeleine believes she may have met him in David (Wayne Specht), a young man she encounters by accident. While Toro reveals himself to be an egotistical, cruel male chauvinist, David proves to have an ineffectual gentleness. He and a skid row habitué (Gordon Robertson) help Madeleine regain confidence in herself and realize she is her own person, free of illusions.

The first contemporary Canadian feature film directed by a woman, Madeleine Is… was a low-budget feature sponsored by the Canadian Film Development Corporation and a relatively early product of the Vancouver independent film scene. The film has a clear feminist orientation in its portrayal of Madeleine, who ultimately becomes indifferent to men and more comfortable with her own independence.

Colour, 90 minutes

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