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Rhapsody in Two Languages

Dir. : Gordon Sparling [Associated Screen News, 1934]

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Source : Library and Archives Canada
Length: 10:55 |

Produced as part of the Canadian Cameo series, this stunning film by Gordon Sparling follows in the tradition of the “city symphonies” made by filmmakers such as Dziga Vertov and Walter Ruttmann in the final years of silent film. A bold shooting style and editing condense into eleven minutes twenty-four hours in the life of Canada’s largest and bilingual city, from workers rising early to the bar-hopping of nighthawks in the city’s cabarets. The prohibition of alcohol in force in the United States from 1920 to 1933, we should recall, had transformed Montreal into a sin city.

Film categorie associated with this film : Urban life