Weird Sex and Snowshoes: And Other Canadian Film Phenomena

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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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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9781551924748
  • Publisher: Raincoast Book Distribution
  • Publication date: 5/28/2002
  • Pages: 357
  • Product dimensions: 6.90 (w) x 9.40 (h) x 0.90 (d)

Table of Contents

Foreword 1
Introduction 3
Section 1
1. Rooted In Realism: Where is Here? 9
2. Survivors & Surviving: The Guilt Trip Begins 25
Profile--Gary Burns 40
Profile--Guy Maddin 42
3. First Takes: Our Home and Native Land 45
Profile--Alanis Obomsawin 60
4. The Tangled Garden: Reframing Eden 63
Profile--Anne Wheeler 84
Profile--Bruce McDonald 86
5. Probing the Negative: Moving Past the Film Plane and Understanding Empty Space 89
Profile--Michael Snow 111
Profile--Atom Egoyan 114
6. Sex & The Great Repression: Getting Hot (and Staying Cold) 119
Profile--Patricia Rozema 149
Profile--John Greyson 152
7. Crashing Into the Language Barrier: The Politics of Words 155
Profile--Denys Arcand 171
Profile--Robert Lepage 176
Profile--Denis Villeneuve 178
8. Pluralist Perspectives: Seeking Salvation in the Mosaic Model 181
Profile--Deepa Mehta 200
Profile--Lea Pool 203
Profile--Clement Virgo 206
9. The Incredible Weight of Being: Talking Philosophy with the Grim Reaper 209
Profile--David Cronenberg 234
Profile--Don McKellar 239
10. The Leap of Faith: Selling Canadian Film 245
Profile--Norman Jewison 261
Profile--Garth Drabinsky 263
Profile--Robert Lantos 268
Section 2
100 Film Reviews 273
Notes 347
Bibliography 349
Acknowledgements 351
Index 353
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