Maurie Alioff, Writer and Expert On Canadian Cinema

A longtime faculty member of the English Department at Vanier College, Maurie Alioff is also a film journalist, critic, screenwriter and media columnist. He has written for radio and television and he teaches screenwriting at Vanier.

A former editor for Cinema Canada and Take One, as well as other magazines, his articles have appeared in various publications including The Montreal Mirror and The New York Times. His most recent articles can be found linked lower down on this page.

On November 18, 2004, Maurie appeared in the two hour documentary CBC special, Popcorn and Maple Syrup: Film in Canada from Eh to Zed.

His segments focused on the legendary Quebecois filmmaker Claude Jutra and the infamous scandal involving the television production company Cinar, known worldwide for its children's shows. View his two clips from that film.

In December 2004, Alioff was interviewed for a radio documentary on the Canadian Feature Film Industry which was broadcast on Radio Canada International's program Spotlight. You can listen to the broadcast.


Inside Québec series ( website)

Winter Heat (February 2008)

Remembering Jean-Claude (January 2008)

Denys Arcand Strikes Back (December 2007)

Denys Arcand's Days of Darkness and Light (November 2007)


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Take One, for whom Maurie served as an Associate Editor, published their 2005-2006 Special Limited Edition issue on the 1001 Greatest Canadian Films and Filmmakers of All Time.

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In the December-March 2006 issue of Take One, Alioff discusses the widely-acclaimed and multiple Genie-nominated Quebec movie, C.R.A.Z.Y. and speaks to its writer-director, Jean-Marc Vallée. In the same issue, Maurie covers Montreal's FanTasia genre Film Festival and the city's turbulent fillm festival scene.

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Take One's September-December 2005 issue led off with Maurie's feature piece on David Cronenberg's Academy-Award nominated A History of Violence. The article analyzes the movie, which has topped many best films of the year lists, and interviews its director.

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The June-September 2005 Take One, which re-printed the magazine's best articles, featured Alioff's piece on the groundbreaking and world-renowned Inuit epic, Atanajurat: The Fast Runner. The article includes interviews with the movie's director, Zacharias Kunuk and its producer, Norman Cohn.

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In the March-June 2005 issue, Maurie reviewed the Quebec films, Ma vie en Cinemascope and Nouvelle France.

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In the March 2005 issue, he wrote an article on actress and director Carole Laure's 2nd feature film, "CQ2" (Seek You, Too).

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He previously did a piece in the September-December 2004 issue on the movie "Being Julia." The article focused on the film's screenwriter, and interviewed Academy Award-winning Ronald Harwood.

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Alioff wrote the cover article for the December 2003 issue on "La Grande Séduction", perhaps Québec's all-time most successful film.

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Alioff contributed to the September 2003 issue providing several articles on the Canadian presence at that year's Cannes Film Festival along with having several photos published that he took at Cannes himself. (See below, click for larger versions.)

Telefilm Canada's past executive director
Richard Stursberg is in
terviewed by
veteran Canadian filmmaker Peter Rowe

Ann MacKenzie, CEO of Nova Scotia
Film Development Corporation

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Alioff also wrote Take One's Fall 2002 lead story on David Cronenberg's Spider, its Fall 2000 cover piece on Denys Arcand's movie Stardom and the Spring 2000 issue's lead article on the making of Dr. Lucille, a television movie about Lucille Teasdale, the Montreal-born surgeon who risked her life helping to build and run a hospital in Northern Uganda.

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Alioff also contributed to the Take One spinoff, its Essential Guide to Films and Filmmakers in Canada, the second edition of which is currently published by the University of Toronto Press. (Cover seen at left.)

You can read the text of Alioff's recent articles by going to the following link from the LookSmart website.