Henry de Grandsaignes d’Hauterives (1869-1929)
The viscount Henry de Grandsaignes d’Hauterives was Quebec’s first film lecturer and contributed significantly to popularizing this way of presenting films. He left France in 1897 after studying law to become a travelling projectionist in North America. With his mother Marie de Kerstrat as manager and a show they called the “Historiographe”, d’Hauterives travelled through cities and towns in Eastern Canada and United States, screening films by Georges Méliès and the Lumières and productions from Pathé Frères. The most prolific exhibitors of animated views in Quebec before the Ouimetoscope and other permanent movie halls opened in 1906, d’Hauterives and de Kerstrat played an important role as pioneers. However, it was through his vocation as film lecturer that d’Hauterives marked Quebec film history. Recognized as a gifted orator, the viscount popularized the practice of verbally commenting on silent films. The majority of films screened in Quebec after 1910 were imported from the United States; as a result, French-language film lectures remained popular up until the arrival of talking pictures, which facilitated the distribution of French-language films.
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Duigou, Serge, Germain Lacasse. 1985. L’Historiographe: Les débuts du spectacle cinématographique au Québec. Montréal: Cinémathèque Québécoise.
Duigou, Serge, Germain Lacasse. 1987. Marie de Kerstrat, l’aristocrate du cinématographe. Quimper: Ressac.