Currie's Dilemma

Currie's Dilemma

| 5 min

This film has been created with rare silent archival footage from the NFB, showing Sir Arthur Currie, commander of the Canadian Corps, at work planning a battle in the company of his officers. Images and dialogue by actors have been skilfully interwoven with the hundred-year-old footage, which has been colourized and had sound added. The resulting film dramatizes the weight of Currie’s responsibilities and the dilemma he faced in whether or not to commit his men to one of the most perilous but strategically critical operations of the war. The success at crossing the Canal du Nord and the capture of Cambrai forced the Germans into retreat and hastened the end of the conflict.

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Credits
  • director
    Philippe Baylaucq
  • writer
    Philippe Baylaucq
  • editor
    Guillaume Millet
  • motion designer
    Guillaume Millet
  • sound designer
    Sylvain Bellemare
  • producer
    René Chénier
  • historian, First World War
    Tim Cook
  • creative development specialist
    Marie-Louise Deruaz
  • historian
    J.L. Granatstein
  • collections specialist, arms and technology
    Eric Fernberg
  • line producer
    Isabelle Limoges
  • researcher
    Pierre Marier
  • production manager
    Virginie Léger
  • cast
    Daniel Potvin
    Dany Gange
  • director of photography
    Bruno Carrière
  • camera assistant
    Michel Bolduc
  • gaffer
    Sylvain Hupé
  • Lothian stereoscope creator
    Patrick Bouchard
  • wardrobe
    Priscilla Matte
  • production assistant
    Jonathan Pître
  • colourization of archival material
    François Montpellier
  • voice
    Mark Camacho
    Anthony Robinow
    Marcel Jeannin
  • engineer
    Philippe Baylaucq
  • English adaptation
    Kathleen Fee
  • French adaptation
    Huguette Gervais
  • voice recording
    Difuze inc.
  • foley
    Stéphane Cadotte
    Luc Léger
    Nicolas Gagnon
  • assistant foley artist
    Maya Kuroki
  • administrator
    Isabelle Limoges
  • production coordinator
    Gabrielle Dupont
    Marcia Seebaran
    Brenda Nixon
    Véronique Tessier
  • head, stock footage sales and marketing development
    Ragnhild Milewski
  • agent, stock footage sales
    Lea Nakonechny
  • head, coordination and project support
    Pierre Ferlatte
  • technical coordinator
    Daniel Claveau
  • technical video support
    Pierre Dupont
    Isabelle Painchaud
    Patrick Trahan
    Jean Coulombe
  • audio technical support
    Bernard Belley
    Luc Léger
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • foley recording
    Luc Léger
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • mixer
    Geoffrey Mitchell
  • restoration
    Sylvie-Marie Fortier
  • infographics
    Jacques Bertrand Simard
  • subtitles
    La Sette
  • legal services
    Dominique Aubry