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THE APPRENTICESHIP OF DUDDY KRAVITZ


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> {quote:title=cody1949 wrote:}{quote}Does anyone know why this excellent movie from Canada with Richard Dreyfuss has not been seen on TV or been available on DVD ? It was distributed by Paramount in the U.S. in 1974.

Are you a Canucklehead or an Americano??

 

DVD is available for purchase at Amazon.ca:

 

 

http://www.amazon.ca/The-Apprenticeship-Duddy-Kravitz-DVD/dp/B000065K9A

 

 

Also check out ChaptersIndigo.ca (big Canadian bookstore chain that also sells DVDs and stuff):

 

 

http://www.chapters.indigo.ca/dvd/The-Apprenticeship-of-Duddy-Kravitz-Richard-Dreyfuss-Ted-Kotcheff/065935812876-item.html?cookieCheck=1

 

 

It airs on TV in Canada often enough... Usually on CBC...

Can't remember last time I watched it on TV???

 

 

You should recommend it to TCM...

 

 

I always liked the movie... Richard Dreyfuss very young in this one and I think he does a fine job, 'tho his character is an ***hole:

 

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Apprenticeship_of_Duddy_Kravitz_%28film%29

 

 

Dreyfuss did this film after "American Grafitti" and just before "Jaws":

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Richard_Dreyfuss

 

 

BTW, Montreal, Quebec has a large Jewish population, as well as a large Italian-Canadian population... Back in the day, the ruling class of Anglos (English Protestants) in Quebec treated the Jews and Italian-Canadians as poorly as they did the native French-Canadians. And the Catholic French-Canadians did not like the Jews and didn't treat them very well... (That has all changed today, of course, but that was way it was when novel was written that movie is based on).

So it does help to know that sociological background when watching the film...

Interestingly, in Alfred Hitchcock's "I Confess," Karl Malden plays a French-Canadian cop (Inspector Larrue) who works under an Anglo crown prosecutor (name for district attorney in Canada) played by British actor Brian Aherne (Willy Robertson).

It basically captures the way things were perfectly with a British-accented member of the ruling class and the French-Canadian guy who works under him... (One of reasons why Quebec wanted to separate from the rest of Canada - so their own French-Canadians would rule themselves...)

Anyway, O.E. Hasse plays the bad guy in this Hitchcock film and I cited Hasse in another thread recently - I noticed him in another film...

 

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/I_Confess_%28film%29

 

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/O._E._Hasse

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I'm surprised nobody's mentioned that *The Apprenticeship of Diddy Kravitz* is based on the novel by the great Canadian writer Mordecai Richler. I don't know if this is still the case, but when I was in high school it was on the basic English course curriculum ( along with another great Canadian novel, *Fifth Business*, by Robertson Davies.)

 

Also, speaking of novels by Mordecai Richler being made into movies, I remember posting here a couple of years ago that I was surprised and kind of offended that *Barney's Version*, which was at least as good as most of the front-runner Oscar nominations coming up at the time, was nominated in only one category ( make-up or something) and nobody seemed to have seen it or know anything about it.

And yet it was a very good film, based on an equally good novel - by Montrealer Mordecai Richler.

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Another Mordechai Richler novel that was made into a film was Joshua Then And Now. It came out in 1985 and starred James Woods. It also aired on the CBC a few years ago.

 

I think there was a mini series called St Urbain's Horseman based on Mordecai Richler's work.

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I mentioned in my post below that movie was based on the novel and you can see references to Mordecai Richler at the links below... Sorry about that...

Richler was a great Canadian writer and he wrote a whole series of novels, mostly containing autobiographical elements, as with the case of "The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz."

 

Of course, if you read the novel first, it helps explain much of what happens in the movie (sociology of Quebec in 1940s, etc.):

 

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/The_Apprenticeship_of_Duddy_Kravitz_%28book%29

 

And yes, some of Richler's other books have been made into films too:

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Mordecai_Richler#Representation_in_other_media

 

Richler also helped write "Fun with Dick and Jane" (1977):

http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Fun_with_Dick_and_Jane_%281977_film%29

 

Edited by: RMeingast on Nov 23, 2012 1:51 PM

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> {quote:title=misswonderly wrote:}{quote} I was surprised and kind of offended that *Barney's Version*, which was at least as good as most of the front-runner Oscar nominations coming up at the time, was nominated in only one category ( make-up or something) and nobody seemed to have seen it or know anything about it.

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> And yet it was a very good film, based on an equally good novel - by Montrealer Mordecai Richler.

 

 

Miss W. can get offended?? Say it ain't so...

 

Oh well, "Barney's Version" just one of many films to be snubbed (mostly) at Oscars:

 

http://brooklynheightsblog.com/archives/26103

 

Whatever... Oscars more about pushing big Hollywood films these days and a popularity contest rather than based on excellence...

 

Did you read my thread about Sir Anthony Hopkins saying he was "disgusted" by all the Oscar shenanigans:

http://www.cbc.ca/news/yourcommunity/2012/11/anthony-hopkins-slams-oscar-race-as-disgusting.html

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Duddy Kravitz is the only Richard Dreyfuss movie I can even bear to watch, but for a long while it was on my top 50 all-time list. Luckily it's readily available on a DVD. You want to kill him for about half the movie, but IMO if it hadn't been for Pacino and Nicholson in Godfather 2 and Chinatown, Dreyfuss should have won an Oscar for his performance.

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