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Canadian Film and Video

Canadian Film and Video: A Bibliography and Guide to the Literature

Copyright Date: 1997
Pages: 1820
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    Canadian Film and Video
    Book Description:

    This extensive bibliography and reference guide is an invaluable resource for researchers, practitioners, students, and anyone with an interest in Canadian film and video. With over 24,500 entries, of which 10,500 are annotated, it opens up the literature devoted to Canadian film and video, at last making it readily accessible to scholars and researchers. Drawing on both English and French sources, it identifies books, catalogues, government reports, theses, and periodical and newspaper articles from Canadian and non-Canadian publications from the first decade of the twentieth century to 1989. The work is bilingual; descriptive annotations are presented in the language(s) of the original publication.

    Canadian Film and Video / Film et vidéo canadiensprovides an in-depth guide to the work of over 4000 individuals working in film and video and 5000 films and videos. The entries in Volume I cover topics such as film types, the role of government, laws and legislation, censorship, festivals and awards, production and distribution companies, education, cinema buildings, women and film, and video art. A major section covers filmmakers, video artists, cinematographers, actors, producers, and various other film people. Volume II presents an author index, a film and video title index, and a name and subject index.

    In the tradition of the highly acclaimed publicationArt and Architecture in Canadathese volumes fill a long-standing need for a comprehensive reference tool for Canadian film and video. This bibliography guides and supports the work of film historians and practitioners, media librarians and visual curators, students and researchers, and members of the general public with an interest in film and video.

    eISBN: 978-1-4426-7218-5
    Subjects: Film Studies

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  1. Front Matter
    (pp. i-vi)
  2. Table of Contents
    (pp. vii-viii)
  3. Volume 1

    • Avant-propos
      (pp. ix-x)
      Pierre Véronneau

      En 1895, après des décennies dʼessais et dʼerreurs, le cinéma tel que nous le connaissons aujourdʼhui fait son apparition. La France, lʼAllemagne et les Etats-Unis se retrouvent dans le peloton des pays dont les recherches sont couronnées de succès, et bientôt le Canada accueille ses premières vues animées avec lʼouverture du cinéma Lumière à Montréal en 1896. Avant peu, les vues animées deviennent largement disponibles à travers le pays et la presse en fait écho. Si nous nous penchons sur les cent dernières années, nous pouvons voir tout ce qui a changé et nous pouvons constater la place importante quʼa...

    • Foreword
      (pp. xi-xii)
      Pierre Véronneau

      In 1895, after decades of trial and error, the cinema as we now know it came into being. France, Germany, and the United States were leaders in its development, and soon Canada welcomed its first motion pictures with the opening of Montrealʼs Cinema Lumière in 1896. Before long, motion pictures were becoming widely available across the country and were receiving attention in the press. Looking back over a hundred years we can see how much has changed and what an important place cinema has made for itself in our society, and this is reflected in what has been written on...

    • Introduction
      (pp. xiii-xx)

      The main objective ofCanadian Film and Video: A Bibliography and Guide to the Literature / Film et vidéo canadiens: bibliographic analytique sur le cinéma et la vidéois to provide access to the English and French literature on film and video in Canada from the first decade of the twentieth century to 1989, Canadaʼs Year of the Film.¹ The absence of comprehensive retrospective bibliographies has too often discouraged basic research into Canadian film and video. The intention of this reference guide is to help fill that void. This bibliography identifies relevant articles in periodicals, both Canadian and foreign, as...

    • Introduction
      (pp. xxi-xxviii)

      Lʼobjectif principal deCanadian Film and Video: A Bibliography and Guide to the Literature / Film et vidéo canadiens : bibliographic analytique sur le cinéma et la vidéoest de regrouper toute la documentation anglaise et française publiée sur le cinéma et la vidéo au Canada depuis la première décennie du vingtième siècle jusquʼen 1989, lorsque fut commémorée lʼAnnée du cinéma canadien.¹ Jusquʼici, lʼabsence de véritables bibliographies rétrospectives nʼa pas permis de poursuivre de recherche exhaustive sur le cinéma canadien et la vidéo. La publication du présent guide vise à corriger cette lacune. Cette bibliographic identifie les articles pertinents dans...

    • Acknowledgments
      (pp. xxix-xxx)
    • Remerciements
      (pp. xxxi-xxxii)
    • Contributors
      (pp. xxxiii-xxxiv)
    • Guide to Using the Bibliography
      (pp. xxxv-xxxviii)
    • Guide de lʼutilisateur de la bibliographie
      (pp. xxxix-xlii)
    • Abbreviations
      (pp. xliii-xliv)
    • General Studies
      (pp. 3-71)

      Ce magazine était de style populaire et se voulait « le journal officiel des grandes compagnies de cinéma ». On y trouvait des descriptions de films, des photos de vedettes hollywoodiennes et québécoises, des articles traduits de magazines américains, des éditoriaux sur le cinéma et son impact sur le public, et des biographies et numéros consacrés à des vedettes. Le magazine était dʼun style apparent à celui deVariety.

      Publié par le Bon Cinéma National, ce magazine promouvait « diffusion du cinéma historique, apologétique, scientifique, scolaire, industriel, agricole et récréatif de tous genres. » Mettant lʼaccent sur le catholicisme,...

    • Genres
      (pp. 72-126)

      Argues that Canadians need to be exposed to more documentary films, to understand their power and meaning. Contends that the refusal of Hollywood distributors, who control most film exchanges in Canada and the United States, to distribute documentary films forces the development of a nontheatrical market for them. Explores the uneasy relationship between censorship boards, documentary films, and Hollywood distributors.

      Examines the role of documentary film in educating and raising topics of debate among Canadians in urban and rural areas. Given the limited role Canada has in commercial filmmaking and distribution, argues that documentary film should be provided with more...

    • Film and Government
      (pp. 127-266)

      Peter White, appointed commissioner of the Combines Investigation Act to investigate an alleged combine in the motion picture industry in Canada, submitted this report to the minister of Labour on 30 April 1931. A definition of the organization of the industry and an introduction to the companies and associations cited for investigation precedes a detailed presentation on acquisitions of theatre interests by Famous Players in British Columbia, Ontario, Québec, the Maritime provinces, Manitoba, Saskatchewan, and Alberta. Concludes that Famous Players was often in the position of being able to dictate the terms of purchase, selection, and booking of pictures to...

    • Festivals and Awards
      (pp. 267-430)

      Palmarès de plusieurs festivals. Au Festival international du film de Cannes, tenu à Cannes (France), le Canadien Colin Low (avec Wolf Koenig) a reçu le Prix du documentaire pourCapitale de lʼor(1957). Aussi, Norman McLaren (avec Claude Jutra) a obtenu, au Festival international de films de Berlin (Allemagne), le premier Prix du court métrage pourA Chairy Tale(1957). Le regroupementInventaire du cinémalui a aussi attribué le Grand Prix du film dʼavant-garde pour son filmRythmetic(avec Evelyn Lambart, 1956).

      Grâce au groupe Productions Incro, qui est formé dʼétudiants, un festival de films amateurs a pu être...

    • Industry
      (pp. 431-611)

      TheCanadian Moving Picture Digestwas published weekly in Toronto, Ontario, from 1915 until March 1957 when it was incorporated by the publicationCanadian Film Weekly. TheCanadian Moving Picture Digestconsists mainly of short news items pertaining to the Canadian and American film industries, focussing on the production activities of major American companies and the distribution and exhibition of the American product in Canada. The publication emphasizes the commercial aspects of cinema, but it also covers fairly extensively the activities of film actors and Hollywood stars. Although most entries in the publication are without bylines, contributors such as Dennison...

    • Production, Distribution, and Exhibition Companies
      (pp. 612-680)

      The Canadian government has approved an application from 133157 Canada of Toronto, Ontario, to set up business in Toronto and Niagara Falls, Ontario, to produce, distribute, and exhibit films in Canada.

      Discusses the conception and growth of the ACPAV (Association coopérative de productions audio-visuelles) of Montréal, Québec, which consists of executive director Marc Daigle and members Jean Rival, Roger Frappier, Guy Bergeron, and Alain Chartrand. The cooperative, designed to represent Québécois filmmakers and to provide young film artists with the opportunity of making their own films, has been responsible for the production of Mireille DansereauʼsLa Vie rêvée(1972) and...

    • Film and Video Associations and Organizations
      (pp. 681-742)

      Lists the members of the new board of directors, chaired by Paul Hoffert, of the Academy of Canadian Cinema. Notes the change in the procedure of electing board members that was made at the general membership meeting, held on 3 November 1981 in Toronto, Ontario.

      Examines the limited success to date of the Academy of Canadian Cinemaʼs “Reach for the Stars” lottery, their major fund-raising campaign launched in December 1981.

      Announces the winners of the “Reach for the Stars” lottery which was held by the Academy of Canadian Cinema in 85 movie theatres across Southern Ontario between 14 December 1982...

    • Related Studies
      (pp. 743-836)

      Rock Demers demande la création dʼune cinémathèque canadienne.

      This 1973 report by the International Film and Television Council represents an attempt by UNESCO to document cinematographic institutions whose example could be adapted to meet the perceived needs of developing countries. The introduction defines the nature and function of cinema, films for different audiences and uses, stages of operations, and types of institutions. The second section, ʺInstitutions for Particular Categories of Films,ʺ presents examples of educational, scientific, industrial, art and humanities films, childrenʼs films, animation films, and films for television. The third section, ʺInstitutions for Particular Stages and Functions,ʺ looks at...

  4. Volume 2

    • Middle Matter
      (pp. None)
    • People in Film and Video
      (pp. 839-1422)

      Filmmaker Ed Ackerman humorously relates his experiences makingPrimiti Too Taa(1986) with poet and filmmaker Colin Morton which consists of Mortonʼs performance of his adaptation ofUrsonate, a 40-minute nonsense poem by the German Dadaist Kurt Schwitters.

      Ed Ackerman and Colin Morton describe the use of concrete poetry and primitive sounds in their filmPrimiti Too Taa(1986). Explains that the linguistic energy of the film is a tribute to the German artist Kurt Schwitters and Canadian animator Norman McLaren.

      An interview with David Acomba in which the director discusses his filmSlipstream(1973), which won three Canadian Film...

    • Appendix: Chronology of the Canadian Film Industry, 1893-1989
      (pp. 1423-1444)
      Rose-Aimée Todd
    • Appendice: Chronologie de lʼindustrie cinématographique canadienne de 1893 à 1989
      (pp. 1445-1468)
      Rose-Aimée Todd