The Wordsmith

A rarely-screened drama penned by Mordecai Richler, and directed by Claude Jutra in 1979 for the CBC. Set in wartime Montreal, this touching telefilm stars Saul Rubinek as Mervyn Kaplansky, a young writer from Toronto who boards with a family on St. Urbain Street only to find his aspirations undermined by the colourful yet desperate characters that surround him. Rubinek delivers a very touching performance as the boyish idealistic writer, and he is backed by a strong supporting cast that includes Harvey Atkin, Janet Ward and Peter Boretski.

72 minutes
Claude Jutra

Shown at

  1. 22nd Toronto Jewish Film Festival - 2014

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