Episode Guide - Images of Canada (Series) (1972-1976)

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Mar 21, 1972 - THE CRAFT OF HISTORY. First of two programs focusing on the historical foundations of modern Canada — who Canadians are, and how they arrived at their present stage of national development. Three of the country's leading historians, Arthur Lower, Michel Brunet and Donald Creighton visit historic regions, and converse with the fourth well-known historian, Ramsey Cook, about the sociological foundations of contemporary Canada. The historic locales are: Kingston, Quebec City, Government House and Province House in Charlottetown, and the historic office of Sir John A. Macdonald on Parliament Hill. In the forefront of issues discussed are Canada's chances for survival as a nation (one nation) and the country's changing relationship with the United States.

Mar 28, 1972 - THE FOLLY ON THE HILL — Second program on the social foundations of contemporary Canada traces the history and influence of the Parliament Buildings from pre-Confederation days through years of construction to the present — and even into the future. This film focusses on the best-known "image" of Canada — the Parliament Buildings in Ottawa. The program examines the architecture of this group of "masterpieces of latter-day Gothic," but also goes deeper to probe its spirit and meaning through its history: pre-con-federation days, the construction; the disastrous fire of 1916; the rebuilding; the glorious diamond jubilee celebrations of 1927; the Centennial Year hoopla in 1967; today and the future.

Feb 21, 1973 - HEROIC BEGINNINGS — With Professor Donald Creighton, widely considered the most important English historian in Canada, as on-camera guide and narrator, this film focuses on 11 historical sites across Canada. Beginning in Newfoundland, the film crosses the country visiting Port Royal in the Annapolis Valley; Fort Louisburg on Cape Breton; Fort Lennox in Quebec's Eastern Townships; Bellevue, Sir John A. MacDonald's home in Kingston; Fort Garry near Winnipeg; the Cypress Hills of Alberta; Fort St. James, at the mouth of the Fraser River; Craigflower Manor, home of an early settler on Vancouver Island; Dawson City, Yukon; St. Roch, an RCMP vessel involved in the 1940 expedition through the Northwest Passage.

Feb 28, 1973 - THE MAGIC CIRCLE (WHITECOMERS, PART 1) — A portrait of New France, 1600 to 1867. This is a historical chronicle of dramatic people and events that shaped the destiny of Quebec. The almost mythical, highly individual cast of characters who played out the "drama" of Church and State against the trappings of a splendid, highly-cultured civilization transplanted from the Old World included: Samuel de Champlain, Marie Guyart, Jean de Brebeuf, Talon, Frontenac and Laval. The Magic Circle is produced and directed by Vincent Tovcll, executive producer of the series.

Mar 7, 1973 - TIES THAT BIND (WHITECOMERS, PART 2) — This unique history of the Maritimes, scripted by Barbara Moon, covers the period from 1600 to 1867. The beautifully visual account of the settlement of the Maritime provinces and their progress from "the beginning of everything — a tiny French habitation (Port Royal) on the shore of the Anapolis Basin" is narrated by Mia Anderson, Andrew Allan and Gordon Pinsent.

Mar 14, 1973 - PEACE, ORDER AND PROSPERTIY (WHITECOMERS, PART 3) — Upper Canada, its history and development to 1900. This land of rock, forest and water power was a land to lure the Loyalists. Governor Simcoe, whose dream was British order, peace and good government, established the capital at Niagara-on-the-Lake; too close to the American border, it was later moved to Toronto, once an Indian carrying place and a French trading post. War came in 1812, the Battle of Queenstown. After the war, an armed peace and strong fortifications at Kingston, the home of John A. MacDonald. The rebellions of the 1830s and William Lyon Mackenzie. Industrial discovery — oil; machinery; steam and the railway's move westward and north to the mines. This country, immortalized by the Group of Seven.

Mar 18, 1974 - THE PROMISED LAND (WHITECOMERS, PART 4) Is it Paradise or a frozen Hell? First the dinosaurs, then the primeval swamp, then the Ice Age and finally the coming of the people--the Inuit "with Asian eyes too far north to see the Star of Bethlehem." Then the Whitecomers seeking the Northwest Passage to Cathay and furs. Follows the settlement of the prairies and the struggle with the land, the Dust Bowl and the Depression. Again the feel of the land and people is given expression by creative camerawork and editing.

Mar 25, 1974 - SPLENDOR UNDIMINISHED (WHITECOMERS, PART 5) — British Columbia is the scene for a regional film essay in the history series focussing on white men in Canada, from 1600 to the 20th century.

Apr 6, 1976 - JOURNEY WITHOUT ARRIVAL - Northrop Frye, world renowned Canadian writer and teacher, appears on location in various parts of Canada, musing aloud about the country, Canadian attitudes and their origin. From the many artists who have tried to capture Canada's elusive identity, he separates out several. In the poetry of E. J. Pratt, the paintings of Emily Carr, Tom Thomson and the Group of Seven, Frye finds not only personal expressions of Canada's spirit and landscape, but poignant perceptions about its collective--though uncertain--consciousness.

Oct 27, 1976 - SPIRIT IN A LANDSCAPE: THE PEOPLE BEYOND - A look at the Inuit people of Canada's Arctic through their distinctive artifacts and art and through the special environment in which they live. Remarkable for insights into Inuit heritage, the three "acts" focus on: the outer physical world, the inner spiritual world, and the disruptive impact of 20th century white man on ancient Inuit culture. Provocative music is performed on a synthesizer and was derived from the sounds of the North--wildlife and nature, culture and community.

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