Filmmaker Jean-Claude Lord has passed away

Filmmaker Jean-Claude Lord, especially the master craftsman of the “Lance at Compton” series, died Saturday evening at the age of 78 following a stroke.

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“At 10:33 pm on January 15, 2022, we announce with boundless sadness that Jean-Claude Lord died on December 30 at the age of 78 following a major stroke,” said his son Jean-Sebastien Lord. , In a post on Facebook.

“His social commitment was at the center of his work, he wanted to disturb, move, inspire and tell stories in his own way. He defined himself not as an artist, but as a” communicator “who wanted to question the values ​​of the community in which we live. Paid.

After working as an assistant director and later as a television film critic in the 1960s, Jean-Claude Lord made his filmmaker debut in 1969, a controversial play adapted from Claude Jasmine’s novel. A love story between two gay lovers. Three years later, he achieved his first popular success with Les Columbes, a romantic drama between two families from different social classes. Then, he immediately followed up with Bingo (1974), one of the biggest hits of Quebec cinema in the 1970s, inspired by the October Crisis.


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Following that, Jean-Claude Lord directed Job Bowlinger’s showpiece scenario Parles-Nous d’Amor (1976) and socio-political thriller Panic (1977) before filming some productions. Horror movie Visiting Hours, William Shatner. At the time, he was one of the first Quebec filmmakers to play in genres such as horror and science fiction.

In the mid-1980s, Jean-Claude Jr. went on the small screen to produce the cult series Lance et Compte, considered by many to be the first truly weighty series in Quebec television history. He is credited with producing several of the best series of the 1990s, including two stories on Jasmine, Lobby and Diva and All: Frog and Whale (in 1987) and Station Nord (in 2002).


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Most recently, he directed several episodes of the first season of the popular series District 31.

In 2017, Jean-Claude Lord received the Guy Maffet Prize for his entire life, one of the most prestigious gifts given by the Quebec government in the field of culture.

– Maxime Demers, in collaboration with the Journal de Montreal

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