Author: George Melnyk
Publisher: AU Press
Keywords: canadian, cinema, imaginary, urban, city, film
Number of Pages: 250
Published: 2014-05-01
ISBN-10: 1927356598
ISBN-13: 9781927356593

Most Canadians are city dwellers, a fact often unacknowledged by twentieth-century Canadian films, with their preference for themes of wilderness survival or rural life. Modernist Canadian films tend to support what film scholar Jim Leach calls “the nationalist-realist project,” a documentary style that emphasizes the exoticism and mythos of the land. Over the past several decades, however, the hegemony of Anglo-centrism has been challenged by francophone and First Nations perspectives and the character of cities altered by a continued influx of immigrants and the development of ci