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This Week in History – Filmmaker Stanley Fox

Stanley Fox was 18 years old and living in Vancouver when he discovered his life’s passion—filmmaking. And now that he is 88, with 70 years of fascinating stories to tell and the pictures to prove it, Veronica Cooper of CHEK News profiles him.

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Stanley Fox on his first 16mm film footage

Stanley Fox reflects on his first Bolex camera and his beginnings as an amateur filmmaker.

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Glub excerpt, 1947

Experimental film/comedy directed and edited by Stanley Fox. Members of the National Film Society of Canada (Vancouver Branch) parody the early experimental works of American avant-garde filmmaker Maya Deren.

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Suite Two excerpt, 1947

Experimental film by Dorothy Burritt and Stanley Fox. Burritt was a fellow member of the Vancouver Film Society and later founded the Canadian Federation of Film Societies. She also made some interesting amateur films in the 1940s. This film explores Burritt’s apartment and her household memorabilia while periodically encountering a bird-like figure, seemingly unnoticed by the film’s other characters. Artist Peter Bortkus is shown painting Burritt’s portrait. Suite Two: A Memo to Oscar won an honourable mention (amateur category) at the first Canadian Film Awards in 1949.

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Stanley Park sequence from In the Daytime, 1949

What did Vancouver’s Stanley Park look like in 1949? Find out in this excerpt from Stanley Fox and Peter Varley’s documentary In the Daytime. The film received an honourable mention in the amateur category at the 1950 Canadian Film Awards.

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Excerpt from The Suetonius Version, 1952.

The Suetonius Version was Stanley Fox’s last 16mm amateur film. The story is about a university professor who is fascinated with one of his young female students.

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