Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

The Cinema of Canada

Academic journal article British Journal of Canadian Studies

The Cinema of Canada

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Jerry White (ed.), The Cinema of Canada (London: Wallflower Press, 2006), xv + 268pp. Cloth. £40. ISBN 1-9047-6461-4; Paper. £18.99. ISBN 1-9047-6460-6.

In 2002, Jerry White and William Beard co-edited North of Everything, a collection of essays on English Canadian cinema since 1980, which encompassed a wide range of filmmakers from the mainstream to the experimental, and also said a little about the perennial issues of distribution exhibition and funding. Now White has edited a more comprehensive collection, which appears as one of a series on national and regional cinemas under the rubric 24 Frames. The book takes its cue from an essay by John Raulston Saul and seeks to explore the 'triangular reality' of Canadian film-making, aboriginal, francophone and anglophone. It is rather unfortunate that Atom Egoyan's prefatory essay undermines this approach when it makes the point that the term 'anglophone' does not do justice to the range of non-francophone and non-aboriginal voices, which have been making themselves heard and seen of late. That said, White has gathered together a stimulating collection of essays written by over twenty academics and others, testimony to the well-established nature of film studies in Canadian universities (would that the films themselves were as firmly established in the experiences of Canadian audiences!). Twenty-four films, documentaries and features have been selected for discussion covering the period 1937- 2002. Crucially, details of where DVDs/videos can be obtained are provided for most of the titles. …

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