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Dangerous Decades (1818-1846)

1968 58 min
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This documentary, part of a series from the late 1960s, focuses on the contest for the continental interior. It examines the American advantages and the problems plaguing Canada internally. It also looks at the Oregon and Maine boundaries, American anti-monarchism, and a potential sign of a "transcontinental nation to come."

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Dangerous Decades (1818-1846)
  • Struggle for a Border: Canada's Relations with the United States
    Why are there just two nations occupying that enormous expanse of the North American continent north of the Rio Grande? Why not just one unlimited American empire? Or why not several nations? This unique work gives clear and vivid form to the immense and complex forces--economic, political, military, diplomatic, social, and geographic--that created and confirmed the U.S.-Canada border. The largest single work ever undertaken by the National Film Board of Canada, Stuggle for a Border is the result of painstaking scholarship and research, and imaginative filmmaking. Each of the nine one-hour films is entirely self-contained, though part of a larger continuity. There are no interviews, but an on-screen narrator provides commentary and perspective. The films are so constructed that, if need be, they may be shown in half-hour, or shorter, segments.

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This documentary, part of a series from the late 1960s, focuses on the contest for the continental interior. It examines the American advantages and the problems plaguing Canada internally. It also looks at the Oregon and Maine boundaries, American anti-monarchism, and a potential sign of a "transcontinental nation to come."
  • director
    Ronald Dick
    Pierre L'Amare
  • producer
    Ronald Dick
  • script
    Ronald Dick
  • executive producer
    Nicholas Balla
  • commentary
    William Weintraub
  • photography
    Jim Wilson
    Raymond Dumas
    Claude Lapierre
    Kjeld Nielsen
    Tony Ianzelo
  • editing
    Nicholas Balla
    Marion Meadows
  • re-recording
    Ron Alexander
  • narrator
    J. Frank Willis
  • music
    Robert Fleming

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