Posts written by Albert Ohayon
 

Albert Ohayon studied film production and journalism at Concordia University in Montreal. He has worked at the National Film Board of Canada since 1984. He is currently the English film collection curator. He is responsible for programming English titles on the NFB’s online screening room (nfb.ca). He regularly publishes articles on the history of the NFB, its filmmakers and its films on the site.

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The Ernie Game: Troubled youth of the 1960s

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An in-depth look at the production and distribution of the award winning The Ernie Game, a feature drama on the youth culture of the 1960s.

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Between fact and fiction: the NFB’s 1950s Perspective TV series

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Take a look at the production and broadcast of the National Film Board’s television series Perspective in the 1950s. The series replaced On the Spot on the CBC.

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High Grass Circus: low-tech, grassroots entertainment

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Get a behind-the-scenes look at the NFB Oscar-nominated documentary High Grass Circus, on the Royal Brothers Tent Circus that toured Canada in the 1970s.

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“Canada Carries On” and the postwar years: the National Film Board in transition

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What happens to wartime propaganda when the war is over? Revisit the NFB’s post-1945 productions in the “Canada Carries On” series, which aimed to inspire, inform, and entertain Canadians in a particularly Canadian way.

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Hockey: The Great Canadian Game… As Seen by the NFB

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Game on! Explore a selection of our films on hockey, produced over 75 years, ranging from documentary shorts to animated films.

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The Challenger: The Great Canadian Aviation Project

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This week on NFB.ca, take a trip through the genesis of the Canadair Challenger jet, and the film that tells this ambitious airplane’s story.

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The NFB’s 5 Biggest Box Office Successes

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I am absolutely fascinated by the nuts and bolts of film distribution. I am doubly interested in theatrical distribution and why some films do well while others do not. So I thought I would try something different in this post and talk about the biggest box office successes the NFB has ever known. To simplify

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Nobody Waved Good-bye: The Little Film That Could

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In 1984, the Toronto International Film Festival ranked Nobody Waved Good-bye number 9 on their list of the top 10 Canadian feature films of all time. Read about how the film evolved and how it became such a seminal work.

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Horse Drawn Magic: Open-Air Theatre in Western Canada

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Imagine travelling through the countryside on wagons pulled by a team of Clydesdale horses and stopping in small towns to perform a play. This is the premise of Horse Drawn Magic, a 1979 jewel of a documentary that follows the Caravan Stage Company throughout the interior of British Columbia and Alberta. The troupe travels an

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Flash William: A One-Man Movie Industry

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One of the greatest aspects of my job is that I get to see pretty much every NFB film ever made. There is no better feeling than discovering a long-lost film in our vaults and making it available to the general public. Years ago, I ran across a little jewel about a one-man film industry

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The Boys and Girls of Summer: Baseball Films at the NFB

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On deck Spring is upon us and baseball season has arrived. I thought it a perfect time to share with you our collection of baseball films, all available on NFB.ca for your viewing pleasure. I grew up playing the game and following the Montreal Expos (even catching a few games at Jarry Park), so please

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Glenn Gould: Two Portraits, One Musical Genius

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On Sunday, February 10, pianist and composer Glenn Gould will be accorded a posthumous Lifetime Achievement Award at the 55th annual Grammy Awards. To mark this important occasion, we have released, online, 2 documentary portraits of Mr. Gould produced by the National Film Board in 1959. I thought it would be a great time to

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