The 1950s: Television and the Move to Montreal

A selection by Albert Ohayon

The Days Before Christmas

This short documentary depicts Christmastime in Montreal. The milling crowds, department store Santas, Brink's messengers, kindergarten angels and boisterous nightclubs all combine to make a vivid portrait of the holidays.

From the playlist : The 1950s: Television and the Move to Montreal

What exactly goes on in a large Canadian city in the last few days before Christmas? Using this premise, an NFB film crew (featuring cameraman Michel Brault) was dispatched throughout Montreal just before Christmas 1957 to film what was happening, including the shopping frenzy and general merry making. The film would eventually be broadcast as part of the Candid Eye television series a year later and would be singled out as one of the best examples of direct cinema ever made at the NFB. The BBC would broadcast the film on Christmas Day 1959.

— Albert Ohayon

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Film Credits

director
Terence Macartney-Filgate
Stanley Jackson
Wolf Koenig
producer
Roman Kroitor
Wolf Koenig
photography
Michel Brault
Georges Dufaux
sound
Jack Locke
George Croll
Kay Shannon
editing
Roman Kroitor
René Laporte
Wolf Koenig
sound editing
Kathleen Shannon

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