The NFB is committed to respecting your privacy

We use cookies to ensure that our site works efficiently, as well as for advertising purposes.

If you do not wish to have your information used in this way, you can modify your browser settings before continuing your visit.

Learn more
The Rise and Fall of American Business Culture

The Rise and Fall of American Business Culture

| 57 min
Reckoning: The Political Economy of Canada

Since 1982, when the issue of free trade with the United States was resurrected, dusted off and presented anew to Canadians, we have been buffetted by dissenting viewpoints on this contentious and crucial question. Can Canada stand alone and hold its own in the economically turbulent late 20th century? Should it even try? A major gap in the debate so far has been a comprehensive context in which the average Canadian could place the matter at hand. This series attempts to fill that gap. It clarifies not only Canada's economic position in relation to its closest neighbor, but also the United States' economic standing in the world. In the process, Reckoning clearly shows Canada's current position in the global economicy and where, perhaps, it should be heading.


This documentary from 1987 looks at the serious malaise that plagued the US manufacturing sector at the time. No longer competitive in the world market, and forced to buy more than it could sell, the US nevertheless continued to bask in the glow of past glory rather than face its immediate predicament. Meanwhile, Japan and other Pacific Rim countries were gaining economic ground, perhaps permanently.

This film was part one of the series, Reckoning: The Political Economy of Canada.

  • director
    Kalle Lasn
  • script
    Kalle Lasn
  • editing
    Kalle Lasn
  • executive producer
    John Taylor
  • cinematography
    Geoff Rogers
    Bill Schmalz
    Masayuki Naito
    Mitsuo Watanabe
    Paul Guennette
    Mike Mahoney
  • re-recording
    Barry P. Jones
  • music
    Bruce Ruddell
    John Forrest
    Mike Hurst
    B.B. King
  • host
    James Laxer


Enjoy the NFB experience on your favourite device. 

Embed this code on your site

Video player width

by Reset