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International Operations

International Operations

| 28 min
1973 7 films

Corporation(1973–1974) is a behind-the-scenes look at an iconic Canadian business, guided by its president, Sam Steinberg, who offers observations and reminiscences about his company’s 50-year history. “A company can’t stand still,” he says, “it must grow.” Viewers can witness the rise of Steinberg’s from grocery store to major supermarket chain in this seven-part documentary series.


The third part of the Corporation series looks at corporate influence on society and culture. The arrival of a major Canadian supermarket's French subsidiary, Supermarchés Montréal, in a town on the outskirts of Paris has a social and cultural impact: on the shopping and eating habits of the local population; on stall-holders in the traditional local market who see their customers drift away; on employees who must adjust to an unaccustomed work environment. President Sam Steinberg's first visit to the French stores provides a first-hand glimpse of the homogenizing effect of corporate technology on culture. Other films in the series are: 1. Growth, 2. Real Estate, 4. Bilingualism, 5. The Market, 6. Motivation, 7. After Mr. Sam.

  • director
    Arthur Hammond
  • producer
    Arthur Hammond
  • writer
    Arthur Hammond
  • narrator
    Arthur Hammond
  • executive producer
    George Pearson
  • photography
    Jean-Pierre Lachapelle
  • sound
    Jacques Drouin
  • editing
    Pierre Lasry
  • sound editing
    Bill Graziadei
  • music
    Donald Douglas
    Alain Clavier


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