From Library Journal
This entertaining and extremely informative book is a wonderful introduction to the vibrant and exciting cinema of Canada. Packed with interviews, essays, and reviews featuring luminaries such as David Cronenberg, Norman Jewison, Denys Arcand, Lea Poo, and Atom Egoyan, it is at once a history, an analysis, and a celebration of Canadian films and filmmakers. Monk, a Vancouver-based arts reporter with a filmmaking background, has put together an eclectic yet comprehensive collection of facts, opinions, and observations that combine to give the reader a thorough grounding in the challenges and triumphs of Canadian filmmakers. She also provides an examination of their approach to the business and art of filmmaking which is fundamentally different, in motivation and practice, from that of mainstream Hollywood. The film reviews and filmographies are of particular use for collection development purposes. Chris Gittings's Canadian National Cinema covers similar terrain but is geared primarily toward academic readers. This lively but substantial work will encourage nonacademics and non-Canadians alike to delve into this fascinating body of work. Highly recommended as an essential purchase for any public or academic library with a film/video collection. Andrea Slonosky, Long Island Univ., New York
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