Filmography > Le centre-ville

﷯Downtown: The Age of Lights Montrealers crowd St. Catherine Street, doing their Christmas shopping, as snow falls on a December day. But beyond the big stores, it is at the city’s centre where the institutions that most affect Quebec and Canadian life are born. It is here that the Hydro-Québec building reminds us of the electrification of the province. It is here that the crown jewels belonging to the Royal family are stored during the war, in the immense vaults of the Sun-Life building. And it is here, as well, that Radio-Canada (Canadian Broadcasting Corporation) is born, before it is established further east. Cultural activities in downtown Montreal: Place des Arts, obviously, but also the Musée des beaux-arts (Montreal Museum of Fine Arts) and the Théâtre du Nouveau Monde. Ludmilla Chiriaeff, former prisoner of a Nazi labour camp, arrives in Montreal in 1952, in the same year as the birth of television broadcasting on Radio-Canada. The corporation opens its doors to her, and thus begins Les Grands Ballets Canadiens. Downtown: A stage for social change, a place to speak out. Claims for women’s rights, language issues, or anger in the face of war are demonstrated in front of embassies, universities, and government offices. In order for a protest movement to exist, it must be seen along the central arteries of the city. It is not surprising, then, that homosexuals gather for the first time in clandestine locations in the center of the city. Here, they begin a long battle to have their rights respected.