Close encounter with Richard Dreyfuss: a Cannes video

Because of ‘Duddy Kravitz’ Dreyfuss did ‘Jaws’—but he couldn’t get a berth on Spielberg’s yacht in Cannes

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American actor Richard Dreyfuss, 65, was honoured last week at the Cannes Film Festival, along with Canadian director Ted Kotcheff. The occasion was a Cannes Classics screening of The Apprenticeship of Duddy Kravitz—Kotcheff’s 1974 film of the Mordecai Richler novel, which gave Dreyfuss his first lead role. He went on to star in three movies by Steven Spielberg: Jaws, Close Encounters of the Third Kind and Always. In Cannes, Dreyfuss also presented an outdoor screening of Jaws on the beach.

Dreyfuss will introduce a Toronto screening of Duddy Kravitz at the TIFF Bell Lightbox June 3, followed by a chat with the CBC’s Eleanor Wachtel. Here’s a video of my interview with Dreyfuss, which took place last week at the Canadian pavilion on the beach in Cannes.