(The length and breadth of our nation)
Saturday April 29, 2017
7:00pm – 9:00pm
The Railrodder (1965, 25 minutes, NFB)
Starring Buster Keaton in one of the last films of his long career, "the railrodder" crosses Canada from east to west on a railway track speeder. Not a word is spoken throughout, and Keaton is as spry and ingenious at fetching laughs as he was in the old days of the silent slapsticks.
Paddle to the Sea (1966, 28 minutes, NFB)
The classic tale of an Indian boy who sets out to carve a miniature man and a canoe is told as we follow the adventures that befall the canoe on its long odyssey from Lake Superior to the sea.
City of Gold (1957, 22 minutes, NFB)
Pierre Berton depicts the Klondike gold rush at its peak. Using a collection of still photographs, the film juxtaposes the Dawson City at the height of the gold rush with its bustling taverns and dance halls with the more tranquil Dawson City of the present (i.e., 1957).
Catapult Canada (1985, 1 minutes, NFB)
This short stop-motion animation takes a humorous look at the theme of transportation. Forget trains and planes—the best way to get across the country is by catapult!
Canada Calling (1949, 17 minutes, NFB)
This film looks at the state of radio in Canada. Focusing on the CBC, it illustrates the variety of radio fare available at the time by featuring snatches of favourite programs.
First Winter (1981, 26 minutes, NFB)
The film graphically illustrates the enormous hardships endured by the first settlers in 1830 who had to cope with a climate with which they were unfamiliar. A beautiful, moving film.
O Canada (1997, 2 minutes, NFB)
A wonderful rendition of our national anthem that reflect multiculturalism.