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Claude Jutra’s body found in river

The Story


The mystery of Claude Jutra's disappearance has been solved. On April 19, 1987, the body of celebrated Quebec filmmaker washes up on the banks of the St. Lawrence River. Jutra had disappeared from his Montreal home on Nov. 5, 1986. The discovery ends months of speculation. Initial investigations point to suicide. The 56-year-old Jutra, best known for his critically acclaimed film Mon oncle Antoine, had been suffering from Alzheimer's Disease and depression, reports CBC TV.

Medium: Television
Program: The National
Broadcast Date: April 19, 1987
Guests: Mimi Jutra, Susan Rubes
Reporter: Paul Workman
Duration: 2:00
Film excerpts from Claude Jutra's Mon oncle Antoine (1971) and À tout prendre (1964).

Did You know?


• Claude Jutra was born on March 11, 1930 in Montreal, Que.
• He initially studied to be a doctor like his father but gave it up to pursue a career in cinema.
• A note found inside the belt compartment of the washed up body read: "My name is Claude Jutra." An autopsy later confirmed Jutra's body. It also established his suicide by drowning.
• The Jutra Awards (prix Jutra) is named after the influential filmmaker. It was first introduced in 1999 and celebrates the best in Quebec films.
Mon oncle Antoine (1971) is arguably the most acclaimed Canadian film. It's a coming of age story about an orphaned boy growing up in a Quebec mining town. The film was twice named the greatest Canadian film ever by Toronto Festival of Festivals (now the Toronto International Film Festival) in 1984 and in 1993.
• Jutra wrote, acted in and directed his 1964, film À tout prendre. The film eerily foreshadows Jutra's death. The movie ends with the main character, played by Jutra, walking off a pier and drowning.

• Ther Quebec film world was rocked in 2016 with the release of Jutra's biography by journalist Yves Lever. Jutra was revealed to have sexually abused at least one boy under age 14, and another subsequently came forward to the newspaper La Presse with a similar story. Jutra's name was removed from Quebec's cinema awards and from parks, streets and other places named for him.   

 


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