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.

The Family That Dwelt Apart

The Family That Dwelt Apart: When good intentions go horribly wrong

Films

I love tall tales. The crazier the better. I especially love tall tales that have a strong message. The NFB animated short The Family That Dwelt Apart fits in all these categories. It tells a tall tale that gets crazier as it goes along and conveys the strong messages that a) Good intentions can kill,

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Balkan Powder Keg: Controversy, Censorship and the Missing Film

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During World War 2 the National Film Board was actively involved in producing films that would provide a uniquely Canadian view of the war effort at home and on the fighting fronts. Two theatrical newsreel series were produced during this time: Canada Carries On, which focused on Canadian stories, and The World in Action, which

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China Mission

China Mission: The Story of a Great Canadian

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When one views images of life in China today, one sees a country that is highly industrialized and on its way to becoming a modern society. Yet this transition has been a long time in coming. China was, for all intents and purposes, stuck in the “middle ages” until as recently as the early 1900s;

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The Sloane Affair

The Sloane Affair: Tax Fraud Drama with a Twist

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Do you enjoy tense, exciting, dramatic films that focus on police investigations? What about gripping courtroom dramas? If you answered “Yes” to both questions, have I got a good film for you! Produced by the NFB in 1972, The Sloane Affair is all this and more, and is the subject of my blog post today.

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The Quiet Racket

The Quiet Racket: Getting in Touch with Nature

Films

Are you fed up with living in the city? Is the noise getting to you? Wish you could escape to the country for the weekend? Pack up and go camping, or leave it all behind and just go for a ride? Be careful what you wish for, because it might come true. This is the

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Tourist Go Home: Vacationing in Canada circa 1959

Films

Summer has arrived in Canada once again. Time to plan your vacation. Will it be a trip overseas? A beach vacation in the Caribbean? A week at the cottage? Or maybe it’s time to pack up the car and head out to a part of Canada you haven’t seen before. Just be wary of rude

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What on Earth: Science fiction satire at its funniest

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I have a confession to make. I love old science-fiction films from the 1950s. I love the space exploration films. I love the mad-scientist-creates-a-monster films, but most of all I love the alien invasion ones. The cheesier, the better. It is no surprise then that when I first saw the 1966 film What on Earth!

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A Trip Down Memory Lane

A Trip Down Memory Lane: A Phantasmagoria of the 20th Century Compressed by Arthur Lipsett

Films

May 13th marks the 76th anniversary of the birth of experimental filmmaker Arthur Lipsett. I thought it appropriate to talk about his films and why they have become such cult classics. I could easily write a 200-page book on his oeuvre, so instead of attempting to cover everything I am going to limit myself to

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Max Ward: The NFB Profiles a Canadian Aviation Legend

Films

Do you remember Wardair? It was a very prominent Canadian airline in the 1970s and 1980s. We have recently added a documentary about the airline’s founder, Max Ward, to NFB.ca, and I thought it would be a great time to write a post about it. I’m going to do something a little different this time.

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Pacificanada: British Columbia Seen through the NFB Lens

Films

A few months back I wrote a piece on the West television series (you can read it here), the NFB’s second documentary series on the various regions of Canada. West had focused on the Prairies, and it followed the immensely successful Adieu Alouette series on Quebec. With these 2 series getting rave reviews, the NFB

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Irving Layton, Canadian Poet Extraordinaire

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March 12, 2012, will mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of the great Canadian poet Irving Layton. To commemorate this occasion, we are adding Donald Winkler’s 1986 documentary Poet: Irving Layton Observed to the NFB.ca screening room. It focuses on Layton discussing his work and giving readings of his most famous poems. This film

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Churchill’s Island: The National Film Board’s First Oscar Winner

Films

On February 26, 1942, National Film Board of Canada Commissioner John Grierson accepted the Academy Award for documentary short for the film Churchill’s Island. Originally produced for a Canadian audience as part of the Canada Carries On series of newsreels, the film would make a huge splash in the USA and help launch a new

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