Yours, Al

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Subjects: Authors, Biographies, Canadian History, Canadian Studies, Drama, Poetry

Grade Level: SrH-Adult
Producer: Real to Reel
Closed Captioned: No
Running Time: 55 mins
Country of Origin: Canada
Study Guide: No

Copyright Date: 2006
Available in French: No

Yours, Al captures the eloquence, humility and universality of Al Purdy, taking us through his life, pausing at all its high and low moments, and presenting Purdy's greatest poems, including The Country North of Belleville, At the Quinte Hotel, On Being Human and Necropsy of Love. Those who remember Al Purdy will revel in his words once again, and those new to his work will wonder why it has taken so long to discover him but all will agree that he was indeed 'the people's poet' and 'the voice of the land'. Time and place are two important elements in Purdy's work, and they are equally reflected in the treatment of this film. We see and hear the words of Purdy through a first-person narrative that examines different segments of his life and how these parts are mirrored in his poetry. Throughout the film archival footage and photo stills are layered with dramatic visual interpretations (with Canadian acting icon Gordon Pinsent appearing as Al) and special effects to convey the depth and emotion of his work.

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