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By Michael Dorland

This e-book examines intimately the formation of Canadian function movie coverage from the Fifties to the current. It will pay designated consciousness to the function performed by way of manufacturers, filmmakers, and govt businesses, relating to the altering construction practices caused through Canadian tv.

For Canadian policy-makers, the characteristic movie was once thought of to be a signifier of cultural modernity. Filmmakers' wish to test with a brand new structure used to be subverted by means of a political-economic schedule motive on utilizing the layout to create cultural authenticity for a country lagging at the back of its neighbour to the South. Dorland crafts a cautious historic research in line with basic assets, together with executive files and in-depth own interviews with key members. applying Foucault's suggestion of governmentality, Dorland analyses the state's curiosity in influencing and shaping function movie creation.

A significant contribution to scholarship on Canadian cinema, So just about the State/s presents a revealing examine the connection among tradition and the nation.

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In this context, Canada forms one corner of a larger system, the closest so-called 'foreign' market for American film for its expansion throughout the English-speaking world. As such, in these four decades the Canadian context was distinguished by The Problem of Knowledge Formation 33 certain market characteristics that are worth emphasizing. For one, Canada, unlike Britain, was not a feature film producing country; rather it was entirely a client country, where the film 'industry' consisted mainly of exhibition and distribution.

9 But given the limits of our present purposes, it will have to suffice here to remind readers of the long history in Canada of fears of military annexation by the United States and of outright attempts at carrying out the act. Against this background, which persisted well into the nineteenth century, public intellectuals provided recurring expressions of concern, not to say alarm, about the negative impact of American ideas, especially in their dissemination through newspapers and book publishing.

16 While one might further debate this point, it can certainly be strongly suggested that television had a profound impact on the practices that directly bore upon the emergence of the Canadian feature film. Before television, the possibility of seeing films either about Canada or made by Canadians, which was, more often than not, the same thing, was distinctly limited, except for the productions of the NFB. 17 Today,' NFB director of production Donald Mulholland wrote in a 1959 confidential report to the NFB Board of Governors, 'the National Film Board supplies almost the only reference to Canada in Canadian cinemas with its theatrical shorts ...

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