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  • 12.2 : 2004 : PDF: You Should Know Something -- Anything -- About This Movie. You Paid for It. by Peter Urquhart
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    You Should Know Something -- Anything -- About This Movie. You Paid for It.

    by Peter Urquhart

    Abstract: Policy changes by the Canadian government at the end of the 1970s led to an enormous increase in feature-film production in Canada: the "tax-shelter boom." The received wisdom on the period says that many terrible films, "American" in character, were produced then. This paper challenges this position, arguing that the cultural nationalism of Canadian film critics and scholars, which produced this received wisdom, has had historiographical consequences, rendering films of the period, even those which call out for scrutiny, invisible. To demonstrate the undesirable ramifications of the established critical position, the author offers close readings of three films — Suzanne, Yesterday, and Hot Dogs — all of which contain allegorical treatments of the relationship between Québec and the rest of Canada, at a crucial moment in the history of this relationship.

    Résumé: Les nouvelles politiques du gouvernement canadien à la fin des années 70 ont mené à une remarquable croissance de production cinématographique souvent appelée le « Boom des abris fiscaux ». Selon le mythe populaire, les films réalisés pendant cette période sont tous des navets à l'américaine. L'auteur de cet article remet en question cette perspective en suggérant que le nationalisme culturel des critiques et historiens a oblitéré un bon nombre de films qui méritaient notre attention. Dénonçant les ramifications limitatives de la position critique établie, l'auteur analysent trois films de l'époque -- Suzanne, Yesterday et Hot Dogs -- qui, loin d'être des clones hollywoodiens, traitent allégoriquement des rapports Québec-Canada.

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