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Death of a Legend

Death of a Legend

| 49 min

This documentary film by Bill Mason is about wolves and the negative myths surrounding the animal. Exceptional footage portrays the wolf's life cycle and the social organization of the pack, as well as other film of caribou, moose, deer and buffalo. Mason later made a feature documentary on wolves (Cry of the Wild, 1973) that played theatrically throughout North America and earned $5 million at the box office.

  • director
    Bill Mason
  • photography
    Bill Mason
  • editing
    Bill Mason
  • producer
    Barrie Howells
  • commentary
    Stanley Jackson
  • animation camera
    Kjeld Nielsen
    Cameron Gaul
  • sound editing
    John Knight
  • music
    Eldon Rathburn
  • re-recording
    Roger Lamoureux
    Jean-Pierre Joutel
  • cast
    Blake James
  • narrator
    Donald Brittain


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Ages 13 to 16

Science - Biology
Science - Life Systems/Ecology

Write a narrative from the point of view of the wolf or from the point of view of a farmer. Discuss how humans have impacted the lives of wolves and how we may have assigned certain attributes to wolves that are unfair. If you choose the perspective of the wolf, try to capture a sense of the world which he inhabits. Read Farley Mowat's 'Never Cry Wolf'.

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