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One Hundred Years of Canadian Cinema By George Melnyk

One Hundred Years of Canadian Cinema
by George Melnyk

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Melnyk argues passionately that Canadian cinema has never been a singular entity, but has continued to speak in the languages and in the voices of Canada's diverse population.
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One Hundred Years of Canadian Cinema by George Melnyk

With its beginnings rooted in the languages and cultures of the French and English, Canadian cinema has, over time, become more representative, reflecting the interests and aspirations of Canada's many diverse communities and identities. In One Hundred Years of Canadian Cinema, George Melnyk offers a twenty-first-century perspective on a fascinating film tradition, the distinctness of which has attracted the attention of the global cinematic community. Melnyk's historical survey is comprehensive in its cinematic scope. He examines the achievement of dramatic, documentary, and experimental filmmaking from the earliest days until the present, giving due attention to the cinemas of Quebec and to the cultural, political, and theoretical trends that have shaped contemporary film in Canada. Following an interpretive approach, Melnyk explores the beginnings of a national cinema in the silent era at the end of the nineteenth century; the dynamics of the industry in the 1920s, which provide a model for the industry's overall development; the rise of the NFB; the birth of a successful feature-film industry in Quebec in the forties; the tax-shelter era of the seventies; Canada's achievements in animation; and the important contributions of key feature films and their directors in articulating insights into the cultural grammars found in Canadian society throughout the past century. Drawing on the insights of scholars, critics, and filmmakers to provide a coherent appraisal of the state of the film industry and Canada's cinematic art as it enters its second century, Melnyk weaves the history of English and French Canada together in an attempt to understand the achievements and, ultimately, the failures of a 'national cinema'. From Neighbours to Crash, Pour la suite du monde to Atanarjuat, and Goin' Down the Road to Maelstrom, Melnyk argues passionately that Canadian cinema has never been a singular entity, but has continued to speak in the languages and in the voices of Canada's diverse population. It is only through an ongoing and deepening exploration of diversity in Canadian film that its survival and evolution can be ensured.

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One Hundred Years of Canadian Cinema Reviews


"'One Hundred Years of Canadian Cinema is an excellent book that effectively and efficiently covers feature film production, documentary film, and key elements of alternative filmmaking. A pleasure to read.' Peter Morris, Department of Film and Video, York University"

About George Melnyk


George Melnyk is an assistant professor in the Faculty of Communication and Culture at the University of Calgary.

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GOR010196958
One Hundred Years of Canadian Cinema by George Melnyk
George Melnyk
Used - Very Good
Paperback
University of Toronto Press
2004-05-31
300
0802084443
9780802084446
N/A
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