The Best NFB Films of the 1940s
With over 3000 films that you can stream for free online, picking a starting point can be tricky!
Enjoy a (subjective) list of the 10 best NFB films from the 1940s!
This animated short illustrates the popular song Alouette, gentille alouette.
Begone Dull Care
Watch and listen as Evelyn Lambart and Norman McLaren are joined by the Oscar Peterson Trio in this ode to colour, form and music.
Get into a ragtime-inspired groove with the music of Albert Ammons and the experimental animation of Norman McLaren.
Focusing on the CBC, this short doc illustrates the variety of radio fare available during the 1940s.
Get a rare glimpse inside the U-boats and flotillas of the Isle of Britain’s WWII defenses. This film won the NFB its first Oscar®, and was the first doc to ever take home the prestigious award.
Five for Four
Discover this Norman McLaren short in which symbols, drawn directly onto 35mm film stock, move and dance to convey the importance of wartime savings.
This short doc offers a close-up view of a hectic hockey game in which the Toronto Maple Leafs and the New York Rangers fight to break a tied score.
How to Build an Igloo
Brush up on your igloo-making skills with this classic short film that shows how to make a winter shelter using only snow and a knife.
Now – The Peace
On January 9, 1951, the UN Headquarters opened in New York. In honour of this anniversary, learn how the United Nations came into being with this short film from 1945.
Warclouds in the Pacific
Facing the greatest threat in their history, the democracies of the Pacific took careful stock of this new Japan and its strength, and erected a vast system of defence across the world’s greatest ocean.