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So Close to the State/S -OS

Dorland, Michael

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ISBN 10: 0802041825 / ISBN 13: 9780802041821
Published by University of Toronto Press, 1998
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Title: So Close to the State/S -OS

Publisher: University of Toronto Press

Publication Date: 1998

Book Condition:Good

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This Stimulating and Well-Researched Book Examines in Detail the formation of feature film policy in the Canadian context of the 1950s through to the present. It pays special attention to the role played by producers, filmmakers and government agencies, against the background of the changing production practices brought about by Canadian television.For Canadian policy-makers, the feature film was considered to be a signifier of cultural modernity. Filmmakers' desire to experiment with a new format was subverted by a political-economic agenda intent on using the format to create cultural authenticity for a nation lagging behind its American neighbour. Dorland crafts a careful historical analysis based on an impressive array of published and unpublished government records of meetings, memos, reports, and speeches, as well as in-depth personal interviews with key participants. Employing Foucault's concept of governmentality, Dorland analyzes the state's interest in influencing and shaping feature film production.This is a very significant and original contribution to scholarship on Canadian cinema. It is an acute analysis of a nation that is forced to produce culture under the shadow of Hollywood, as well as revealing look at the relationship between culture and the state.

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MICHAEL DORLAND is Professor in the School of Journalism and Communication at Carleton University.

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