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In the Labyrinth

In the Labyrinth

A film without commentary in which multiple images, sometimes complementary, sometimes contrasting, draw the viewer through the different stages of a labyrinth. The tone of the film moves from great joy to wrenching sorrow; from stark simplicity to ceremonial pomp. It is life as it is lived by the people of the world, each one, as the film suggests, in a personal labyrinth.

In the Labyrinth was first released as a multi-screen presentation for Chamber III of the Labyrinth at Expo 67. These separate images were integrated into a single strand of film, using a "five-on-one" cinematic technique.

  • director
    Roman Kroitor
    Colin Low
    Hugh O'Connor
  • producer
    Tom Daly
    Roman Kroitor
  • executive producer
    Desmond Dew
  • camera
    Michel Thomas-d'Hoste
    Walter Lassally
    Gilles Gascon
    Georges Dufaux
    V.V. Dombrovsky
    Alex O. Krasnov
  • sound
    Edward T. Haley
  • editing
    Tom Daly
  • sound editing
    Tom Daly
  • re-recording
    Edward T. Haley
    Michel Descombes
    Jean-Pierre Joutel
  • music
    Eldon Rathburn


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Ages 14 to 17

Geography - Human Geography
Media Education - Documentary Film
Social Studies - Communities in Canada/World
Social Studies - Environmental Challenges

The film opens with a statement "Each of us lives in a personal labyrinth" with our own "monster." How is this played out in the film? In which way do the filmmakers believe we are lost or trapped? How does the film suggest we can "overcome" the labyrinth of our lives? This film uses only images and music. If students could write a line or two of narration, what would it be?

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