1st Edition

Canadian National Cinema

By Chris Gittings Copyright 2002
    348 Pages
    by Routledge

    352 Pages
    by Routledge

    Canadian National Cinema explores the idea of the nation across Canada's film history, from early films of colonisation and white settlement such as The Wheatfields of Canada and Back to God's Country, to recent films like , LE Confessional Mon Oncle Antoine, Grey Fox, Highway 61, Kanehsatake, and I've Heard the Mermaids Singing.

    Introduction. 1. Immigration and Empire-building: Film as a Colonizing Discourse - Immigration Films-Attracting the right/white kind of invader-settlers Melodrama and the Ideological Cinema of White Invasion/Settlement: An Unselfish Love; Drylanders; Drylanders and Ideology; Back to Gods Country 2. Who is Ethnographiable? - White Ethnographies: some white people are whiter than others: Hot Ice; Nation Building in Saskatchewan: The Ukrainians; Saving the Sagas: Salvage Ethnography; Secrets of Chinatown: The Monstrous Ethnographic; Of Japanese Descent: An Interim Report (1945) 3. Producing a National Cinema - Legislating a National Cinema, Establishing the National Film Board of Canada: Peoples of Canada (1947), Post-War Schemes and Dependency, The NFB and Feature Production, Funding Differences at the NFB: Regionalization, Studio D and the New Initiatives in Film; State Intervention: The Legislation of a Canadian Feature Film Industry; The Tax Shelter Boom and Canada's Hollywood Features; Telefilm Canada; Co-Production 4. Narrating Nations/Ma(r)king Differences - External and Internal Colonialism, Ethnic and Gendered Nationalisms: Patriotism, One and Reason Over Passion; Québec USA ou l'invasion pacifique / visit to a foreign country (1962), Genre Texts, Melodrama: Mon Oncle Antoine; Les bons débarras; Un Zoo la Nuit and Léolo; Le Confessional; Margaret's Museum; The Adujter, The Road Movie: My American Cousin, Highway 61, Goin' Down the Road, The Western: Road to Saddle River and The Grey Fox, Representing the FLQ Crisis: Action: The October Crisis of 1970; Les Ordres; Octobre; Nô; Just Watch Me: Trudeau and the Seventies Geneeration 5. Visualizing First Nations - Whiting Out the Indigene: Black Robe; Windigo; Clearcut; Map of the Human Heart; Dance Me Outside, Returning the Gaze: Aboriginal Filmmakers and Decolonization: Incident at Restigouche; Kanehsatake: 270 Years of Resistance; Charley Squash Goes to Town; Honey Moccasin 6. Multicultural Fields of Vision: Moving the Mountain; Double Happiness; By This Parting; Masala; Rude 7. Screening Gender and Sexuality - Screening Gender: How They Saw Us: Careers and Cradles; Les Filles du Roi (They Called Us 'Les Filles du Roy'); Mourir à Tue Tête (A Scream From Silence); Our Marilyn Counter-Cinema and the Entertainment Film: Bye Bye Blues and I've Heard the Mermaids Singing; Dead Ringers Screening Sexuality: The Making of Monsters; Cineama and Fictive Sexuality in the National State: Zero Patience. Bibliography.


    Chris Gittings