Weird Sex and Snowshoes: And Other Canadian Film Phenomena

Weird Sex and Snowshoes: And Other Canadian Film Phenomena

by Katherine Monk

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This entertaining and extremely informative book is a wonderful introduction to the vibrant and exciting cinema of Canada. Packed with interviews, essays, and reviews featuring luminaries such as David Cronenberg, Norman Jewison, Denys Arcand, Lea Poo, and Atom Egoyan, it is at once a history, an analysis, and a celebration of Canadian films and filmmakers. Monk, a Vancouver-based arts reporter with a filmmaking background, has put together an eclectic yet comprehensive collection of facts, opinions, and observations that combine to give the reader a thorough grounding in the challenges and triumphs of Canadian filmmakers. She also provides an examination of their approach to the business and art of filmmaking which is fundamentally different, in motivation and practice, from that of mainstream Hollywood. The film reviews and filmographies are of particular use for collection development purposes. Chris Gittings's Canadian National Cinema covers similar terrain but is geared primarily toward academic readers. This lively but substantial work will encourage nonacademics and non-Canadians alike to delve into this fascinating body of work. Highly recommended as an essential purchase for any public or academic library with a film/video collection. Andrea Slonosky, Long Island Univ., New York Copyright 2002 Cahners Business Information.
Monk is tired of hearing critics bash Canadian film and culture generally, and lionizing mediocre talent just because it hails from south of the border. A music critic and entertainment writer for the and Canadian radio, she looks at over 100 Canadian films and hears from filmmakers in order to capture the essence of the Canadian film experience. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (

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