Critical Writing Index

Best Canadian Films of All Time: The Canuck Canon Pulls a Fast One

by John Semley

The Globe and Mail, May 29, 2015, pp. 1-2

Looking at the recent poll about Canadian cinema the article examines how the influx of recent films into the list of "greatest of all time" is revealing about not only Canadian cinema but also its national identity. With Zacharias Kunuk's Atanarjuat: The Fast Runner taking first in the poll, and dethroning long time list-topper Mon Oncle Antoine, along with recent films by Guy Maddin, Sarah Polley, and Jean-Marc Vallée, the conception of what people think about when they think of Canadian cinema is being redefined. The eclectic list that spans geography, language, and style is seen by John Semley to reflect the differences and fractions that make up Canada's national identity.

ITEM 2015.024 – available for viewing in the Research Centre

Videos, Artworks and Artists Cited

Atanarjuat: The Fast RunnerZacharias Kunuk

My WinnipegGuy Maddin

Stories We TellSarah Polley

Dead RingersDavid Cronenberg

The Sweet HereafterAtom Egoyan

Les OrdresMichel Brault

C.R.A.Z.Y.Jean-Marc Vallée

Jésus de MontréalDenys Arcand

LéoleJean-Claude Laozon

Goin" Down the RoadDon Shebib

Mon oncle AntoineClaude Jutra