Helicopter Canada

Helicopter Canada

                                Helicopter Canada
| 50 min

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The NFB's 20th Oscar®-nominated film.

This short documentary offers a narrated tour—from a helicopter—of the ten Canadian provinces in 1966. The result is a big, beautiful and engrossing bird's-eye portrait of the country. Nothing here is quite the same as seen before, even Niagara Falls. Canadians will be thrilled by this panoramic view of familiar territory. This film was produced for international distribution on the occasion of the Canadian centennial.

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Helicopter Canada, Eugene Boyko, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • director
    Eugene Boyko
  • camera
    Eugene Boyko
  • producer
    Peter Jones
    Tom Daly
  • commentary
    Donald Brittain
    Derek May
  • editing
    Rex Tasker
  • sound editing
    Victor Merrill
  • narrator
    Stanley Jackson

  • None

    The music at 4:10 is by the Mountain City Four, with Kate and Anna McGarrigle.

    None, 22 Jan 2021
  • None

    This transfer appears to be a little bit squeezed. I don't think the aspect ratio is quite right - you can tell when any people are on screen.

    None, 18 May 2020
  • Alejo Capano

    Filmed in Panavision is from Canada the Land (1971)

    Alejo Capano, 26 Apr 2020
  • sixam

    Vancouver looked very modest nearly 50 years ago.

    sixam, 8 May 2015
  • Chezzi


    Chezzi, 5 Jan 2015
  • expo66

    A delightful Oscar-nominated discovery I am an Expo 67-phile and anything associated with the Canadian Centennial captured on film is a thrilling nostalgic adventure for me. This is a clever, joyous document with a beautifully varied score representing all of Canada's musical traditions, circa 1966. The vibe on this film gathers momentum as it goes and bears witness to a glorious era. Thank for making this available again. I have the one-sheet poster to this and its blandness belies the effervescence of the experience of watching this classic.

    expo66, 24 Nov 2012
  • Sylvie Fourcade

    Casting : Helicopter Pilot Claude Fourcade On 11 September 1964, my father conveys an Alouette II from Paris heliport to Orly where mechanics disassembled the Alouette II to be embedded in a cargo plane to New York (Kennedy Airport). Johnny Beaucour, the mechanic in chief, and Claude Fourcade, my father take the regular line and rebuild the Alouette II in a hangar at the airport. They change their registration: F-BLHC (French), it becomes CF-POH (Canadian) and take off with a Canadian who had received and after landing at Albany and Burlington, here on the Ottawa airport at the company's headquarters Spartan Air Services through which they will fly. They must perform aerial on behalf of the National Film Board of Canada produced a film on Canada from the Atlantic to the Pacific, for a period of one year and a half. This film is for the International Exposition in Montreal to be held in 1967. The Canadians had come because in 1964, the only support existing camera belonged to Heli-Union for which they worked ...

    Sylvie Fourcade, 28 Oct 2012
  • mzulkoski

    Just finished watching 'Helicopter Canada" on the Documentary Channel. Enjoyed every minute, perhaps because the film was produced in 1966, with far less hype than if produced today.

    mzulkoski, 7 Jul 2012
  • qfranke

    Wow. I just realized that EVERY movie I have tried to watch on this website has given me the msg of "Sorry This film is not available." I am never coming here again.

    qfranke, 20 Nov 2010

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