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

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McGill-Queen's Press - MQUP, Aug 6, 1992 - Performing Arts - 368 pages
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Other Canadian film producers concentrated their efforts on short productions, mostly in government or commercial companies such as Associated Screen News of Montreal. The works of Gordon Spalding, Bill Oliver, and Albert Tessier are discussed in this context. Morris concludes with the founding of the National Film Board which, under the dynamic guidance of John Grierson, was to breathe new life into a moribund industry. In a postscript Morris explores some of the reasons for the unique development of Canadian film making -- particularly its use of natural settings and documentary when virtually the rest of the world's industry was following the Hollywood pattern of studio location and fictional plots -- and examines the relationship of the early industry to later developments in Canadian film making. At a time when Canada's cultural industries are struggling to survive in the wake of the Free Trade Agreement with the United States and under the threat of Free Trade with Mexico, Embattled Shadows makes essential reading.
 

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Contents

1 Came the Dawn
1
2 The Early Years
27
3 The Years of Promise
57
4 Ten Percent Ernie
95
5 The State and the Movies
127
6 The Years of the Quota
175
7 Supporting Program
217
8 Postscript
237
A Chronology of Film in Canada 18941913
243
Filmography Select List of Canadian Productions 19131939
251
Notes
275
Film Title Index
327
General Index
335
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