Film academician Father Gaston Roberge died at 85

Film academician Father Gaston Roberge who mentored tens of thousands of young movie makers within his three-decade long livelihood died at 85 on 26 Aug 2023.

The Jesuit movie writer/critic/historian, that hailed by French-speaking Montreal, died of a huge cardiac arrest in St Xavier’s College infirmary at which he was living alone, according to a source in the Jesuit organisation.

A spokesperson of all Chitrabani, the earliest film media coaching institute based on Roberge at West Bengal, also supported the information.

The French-Canadian movie historian didn’t have any immediate relative or family in the nation, the source stated.

Roberge had united the arrangement of the Jesuit Fathers in 1956 and arrived at Kolkata in 1961, in which he combined St Xavier’s College.

Back in 1970, he established Chitrabani that was an expansion support of St Xavier’s College along with also the very first movie media training institute at the southern region before Rupkala Kendra from the West Bengal government, Jadavpur University movie study center and Satyajit Ray Film and Television Institute came up.

Being very near film manufacturers like Satyajit Ray, Roberge had inducted the auteur from the advisory director of Chitrabani which brought countless movie fans to the significant world of movie making for ages.

He’d authored a few books on Indian theatre that are still known in movie media studies. He’d also begun tv programs for UGC for Doordarshan National TV station that’s still operating.

He retired as manager of Chitrabani at the mid 90s. Roberge then transferred into the middle of the Society of Jesus at Rome as secretary of social communication, however, returned Kolkata in 1999 and started teaching film studies in St Xavier’s College.

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