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By Jim Leach, Jeannette Sloniowski

Beginning in 1922, while Robert Flaherty filmed 'Nanook of the North' in Canada's Arctic, and inspired through John Grierson and the government in 1939 once they created the nationwide movie Board of Canada (NFB), documentaries have ruled Canada's movie creation and, greater than the other shape, were the most important to the formation of Canada's cinematic identity.

Surprisingly, there was little or no serious writing in this exceptional physique of labor. Candid Eyes: Essays on Canadian Documentaries not just addresses this oversight within the scholarly literature, yet in doing so, it provides an excellent choice of essays by way of a few of Canada's top recognized movie students. targeting works produced in French and English less than the NFB umbrella, the fourteen essays speak about and critique such landmark documentaries as 'Lonely Boy' (1962), 'Pour l. a. suite du monde' (1963), and 'Kanehsatake' (1993). lengthy awaited and lots more and plenty wanted, this quantity could be an necessary significant other for an individual heavily attracted to Canadian movie studies.

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Candid Eyes: Essays on Canadian Documentaries

Starting in 1922, while Robert Flaherty filmed 'Nanook of the North' in Canada's Arctic, and inspired via John Grierson and the government in 1939 once they created the nationwide movie Board of Canada (NFB), documentaries have ruled Canada's movie construction and, greater than the other shape, were an important to the formation of Canada's cinematic id.

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As the big bang that was Confederation in 1867 contracts into the centripetal rhetoric of technological nationalism, it leaves among the planetary debris of outmoded technologies new symbols – like Winnipeg’s tallest building. Aptly named the Toronto-Dominion Centre, it rises thirty-three stories at the very intersection where Paul Tomkowicz braved the elements – Portage and Main. ’30 The great east–west vector of Canadian history and economic development – quite literally Anderson’s ‘horizontal comradeship’ – finds itself bisected by a new, vertical axis, nourished by the root systems of underground shopping malls, up through the high-rise trunks of communication towers, and out via the invisible branches of digital networks to join the global economy.

A trip that used to take three months via the Dawson Route and Lake of the Woods could now be done in a matter of days. 27 Winnipeg had become the third-largest city in Canada by 1911, controlling the grain trade and manufacturing of the entire west, and prompting William E. Curtis to write that year in the Chicago Record Herald: All roads lead to Winnipeg. It is the focal point of three transcontinental lines of Canada, and nobody ... can pass from one part of Canada to another without going through Winnipeg.

In fact, this was the Board’s bread and butter. But it was Grierson who insisted upon making at least some films not tailored too tightly to immediate needs. In 1948, not too long after Grierson’s departure, that practice would lead to the Film Board’s creation of Unit B, whose mandate it was to pursue just this kind of conceptual film. Three years later, Tom Daly was appointed Unit B’s executive producer. Daly would be to Unit B what Grierson had been to the wartime Film Board, taking a hands-on interest in most of its productions and in the people who made them.

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