Portrait of the artist as an old lady

Canada, 1982

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Paraskeva Clark, artist, socialist, feminist, is her own woman at her own cost. This film is a cameo of an irascible and oftentimes touching artist whose work has won her a place in exhibitions and private collections. Born in Russia in 1898, she eventually married a Canadian and moved to Toronto. Because her canvases reflect a strong social conscience, she had to struggle hard to earn a place in the nation’s ultra-conservative galleries. With Germaine Greer narrating, this film explores Clarke’s early life through photographs, reminiscences and her painting. (Awards: Montrial, Melbourne)



Gail Singer

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National Film Board of Canada







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Subject categories

Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Film festivals - Australia - Melbourne - Awards

Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Film festivals - Canada - Montreal - Awards

Crafts & Visual Arts → Art - Canada

Crafts & Visual Arts → Clark, Paraskeva

Crafts & Visual Arts → Painting, Canadian

Crafts & Visual Arts → Women painters


Documentary → Documentary films - Canada

Economics, Philosophy, Politics, Religion & Sociology → Aged women

Family, Gender Identity, Relationships & Sexuality → Aged women

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Aged women

History → History

People → Clark, Paraskeva

Short films

Short films → Short films - Canada




16mm film; Limited Access Print (Section 2)

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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