Embattled Shadows: A History of Canadian Cinema, 1895-1939

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, 1978 - Performing Arts - 350 pages
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Embattled Shadows is the first and only history of Canadian film making in the years before the establishment of the National Film Board of Canada in 1939. It begins with an entertaining account of the travelling showmen who brought the movies to large and small communities across the country, and discusses the films produced in Canada before World War I. In the atmosphere of heightened nationalism during and after the war there was a determined attempt to establish a film industry. Peter Morris chronicles its occasional successes while, at the same time, examining the reasons behind its ultimate failure -- using the colourful career of the independent producer Ernest Shipman ("Ten Percent Ernie") as a particular reference. He goes on to describe the establishment and eventual collapse of both the federal and Ontario governments' Motion Picture Bureaus. By the Thirties, with the connivance of the Canadian government, Canadian feature film production had deteriorated to the point of turning out "quota" films from the Hollywood mould.
 

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Contents

Stage at West End Park Ottawa 1892 Public Archives of Canada
16
The Early Years
27
James Freer handbill 1899 National Film Archives
31
Madeleine de Vercheres National Film Archives
49
The Years of Promise
57
Main title Ernest Ouimets newsreel Cinematheque quebecoise
62
Technicians on the set of Carry On Sergeant National Film Archives
76
Why Get Married? National Film Archives
89
The State and the Movies
127
Dick Bird Dick Bird
139
The Years of the Quota
175
Bill Oliver Rudolph Ammer and guide National Film Archives 17 1
178
Death Goes North National Film Archives
190
The Silent Enemy National Film Archives
203
Supporting Program
217
Studios and laboratories Associated Screen News National Film
224

Ten Percent Ernie
95
Nell Shipman National Film Archives
102
Advertisement Back to Gods Country National Film Archives
109
Advertisement The Critical Age Glengarry Shool Days
122
Postscript
237
Productions 19131939
251
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