As clever and sly as any good commercial, NFB 70 Years is the work of a filmmaker in full control of his medium and his message. With humour and self-deprecation – and not a whiff of complacency – Jean-François Pouliot smartly deconstructs the backward-looking perception often attributed to films from the National Film Board. Even the way the film is made pays homage to the filmmaking techniques that have earned Canada's public film producer and distributor its enviable reputation. This artful and skilfully produced mix of genres effectively borrows from direct cinema and flirts with virtuoso animation techniques. With its funny and clever direction, tight yet ingeniously wild and furious editing, brilliantly juxtaposed sequences with powerful relevance to the present, this film confirms the essential role of the NFB within the social fabric of Canada and the world.

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Film Credits

director
Jean-François Pouliot
editing
Yves Chaput
music
Normand Roger
Denis Chartrand
Pierre Yves Drapeau
research
Sylvia Mezei
archival research
Albert Ohayon
Marc St-Pierre
Katherine Kasirer
Carol Faucher
animation director
Munro Ferguson
animator
Claire Blanchet
David Seitz
Denis Roy
camera
Daniel Vincelette
sound engineer
Gilles Corbeil
hairstylist
Denis Parent
camera
Carrie Haber
voice
Anne Sirois
Julie Laferrière
Norman Roy
recording
Luc Léger
re-recording
Serge Boivin
producer
René Chénier

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