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Man of Aran

Date produced: 1934

Filmmaker(s):

Robert Flaherty

Description:

"In this thrilling, pictured chronicle of the life of men on the bleak islands west of Ireland, Robert Flaherty has produced a motion picture epic. Based simply on the daily chores of the Aran Islanders, this production, released by Gaumont British Pictures Corp., has the rare value of real sincerity. Telephoto Shots : Many of the most dramatic shots in Man of Aran were made...with long focus objectives. With these lenses, scenes of harpooning and landing a shark were presented with a wealth of dramatic detail that has not been attained hitherto. Other telephoto achievements, if less impressive, are as important in story telling, and the movie maker will find this picture an exceptional document on the long focus lens" Movie Makers, Dec. 1934, 517.


Secrets of the Sea

Date produced: 1953

Filmmaker(s):

G. Clifford Carl

Description:

"Marine and seashore life on the Pacific coast. Includes: tidal plants, crustaceans, fish; oolichan fishery and its importance; seabirds of Triangle Island and Queen Charlotte Islands; seals and seabirds on the Pribilof Islands, etc. Also footage of Victoria Inner Harbour area, houses and gardens." (BC Archives)

Compiled from Clifford Carl's BC Provincial Museum films for use on an Audobon Screen Tour. Appears to have been revised in 1959.


Pacific Patterns

Date produced: 1961

Filmmaker(s):

G. Clifford Carl

Description:

"A compilation film illustrating patterns in nature through examples found on the Pacific coast. Includes varied tidal marine life and plants -- crabs, starfish, lobster, anemones, clams, etc. Discussion of patterns in form and structure, behaviour and natural association." (BC Archives)


Nature’s Submarines

Date produced: 1949

Filmmaker(s):

G. Clifford Carl

Description:

"Marine mammals of the Pacific Coast: sea lions, sea otters, fur and harbour seals, porpoises, killer whales. Also: Indian whaling techniques; whaling ship Westwhale; processing of whale carcasses at Coal Harbour whaling station." (BC Archives)

Film includes some footage provided to Dr. Carl by the Western Whaling Corporation.


Nature’s Sea Creatures

Date produced: 1950

Filmmaker(s):

G. Clifford Carl

Description:

"Seashore plant and animal life (e.g., crustaceans, anemones, worms, octopus, jellyfish, etc.)" (BC Archives)

Also exists in a shorter version called Sea Creatures, which was probably edited from the original film for classroom use in 1969..


Canada Coast to Coast (Part 2)

Date produced: 1956

Filmmaker(s):

Julian Gromer

Description:

"2 part edited travelogue film beginning in Ontario and working west to British Columbia, documenting the resources, landscape and recreation of Canada. Includes a large amount of natural scenery, but also diverse events such as fishing, a rodeo and water sports. Also gives a look into factories and resorts." Chicago Film Archives


Canada Coast to Coast (Part 1)

Date produced: 1956

Filmmaker(s):

Julian Gromer

Description:

"2 part edited travelogue film beginning in Ontario and working west to British Columbia, documenting the resources, landscape and recreation of Canada. Includes a large amount of natural scenery, but also diverse events such as fishing, a rodeo and water sports. Also gives a look into factories and resorts." Chicago Film Archives


Island Life and Places

Date produced:

Filmmaker(s):

Ron Bennett

Description:

"Scenes of Vancouver Island, including the Victoria Inner Harbour, local tourist attractions, ocean shots, Chinatown, sailboats and nature shots" British Columbia Archives.
The film was produced at some time in the 1960s.


Norway and the Arctic Sea

Date produced: 1936

Filmmaker(s):

Paul E. Vernon


Surf and Seaweed

Date produced: 1930

Filmmaker(s):

Ralph Steiner

Description:

"Steiner is interested in film’s capacity to invigorate everyday sight, to alert viewers to the simple, magical visual pleasures available in nearly any circumstance. The film is divided into sequences that focus on specific kinds of imagery in and around ocean surf" Scott MacDonald via Light Cone.


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