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William Weintraub


B: February 19, 1926 in Montréal, Québec
D: November 6, 2017 in Montréal, Québec

William Weintraub was educated at McGill University and began his career as a reporter at The Montreal Gazette in the 1950s, then moved to Weekend magazine. His film career spans decades including his work at the National Film Board where he served either as writer, producer and/or director on more than 150 productions. He is usually remembered for the 1993 documentary The Rise and Fall of English Montreal which dealt with the migration of English Quebeckers out of the province that began in the 1960s and accelerated rapidly after the 1976 election of the separatist Parti Québecois. He was made an Officer of the Order of Canada in 2003. The citation reads: “As a journalist, author, filmmaker and lecturer, William Weintraub has played a major role in our country`s artistic and intellectual life”. These are his credits as a screenwriter.

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Road of Iron (1955)
Carnival (1955)
Saskatchewan Traveller (1956)
Is It a Woman`s World? (1956)
Fighter Wing (1956)
Embassy (1956)
Canadians Abroad (1956)
L’ambassadeur reçoit (1956)
They Called It White Man’s Burden (1957)
Ten Days That Shook the Commonwealth (1957)
Storm Clouds Over the Colonies (1957)
Portrait of the Family (1957)
A Letter from Oxford (1957)
The Invisible Keystone (1957)
The Ghost That Talked (1957)
Four Centuries of Growing Pains (1957)
Crisis in Asia (1957)
The Colonies Look Ahead (1957)
Colonialism: Ogre or Angel? (1957)
Can It Hold Together? (1957)
Black and White in South Africa (1957)
School for the Stage (1958)
Canada: World Citizen (1959)

Twilight of an Era: 1934-1939 (1960)
Thousand Islands Summer (1960)
Sunshine and Eclipse: 1927-1934 (1960)
The Good, Bright Days: 1919-1927 (1960)
Nahanni (1962)
Canada: Calf Leather (1963)
The Way of Science (1965)
A Second Transcontinental Nation: 1872 (1969)
Why Rock the Boat? (1974)
Drylanders Episode 1 (1974)
The Hottest Show on Earth (1977)
Fort Good Hope (1977)

Learning Ringette (1982)

The Rise and Fall of English Montreal (1993)