Limit search to available items
Book Cover
Author Brégent-Heald, Dominique, 1973- author.

Title Northern getaway : film, tourism, and the Canadian vacation / Dominique Brégent-Heald
Published Montreal ; Kingston ; London ; Chicago : McGill-Queen's University Press, 2022


Description 1 online resource
Contents Front Matter -- Contents -- Figures -- Acknowledgments -- Introduction -- The Wonders of Canada -- Through the "Eye Gate" -- Settler-Colonial Tourism Films -- The Canadian Travel Bureau, Talking Colourful Travelogues, and 16-mm -- Documentarians, Amateurs, and Diplomacy -- From Victory Vacations to the Canadian Cooperation Project -- Conclusion -- Notes -- Bibliography -- Index
Summary "For more than a century, posters, advertisements, and brochures have characterized Canada as a desirable tourist destination offering spectacular scenery, wild animals, outdoor recreation, and state-of-the-art accommodations. However, these explicitly commercial displays are not the only marketing tools at the country's disposal; beginning in the 1890s, film also played a role in selling Canada. In Northern Getaway Dominique Brégent-Heald investigates the connections between film and tourism during the first half of the twentieth century, exploring the economic, pedagogical, geopolitical, and socio-cultural contexts and aspirations of tourism films. From the first moving images of the 1890s through the end of the 1950s, a complex web of public and private stakeholders in Canadian tourism experimented, sometimes in collaboration with Hollywood, with a variety of film forms - 16 mm/35 mm, feature films/short subjects, fiction/nonfiction, professional/amateur filmmakers - to promote Canada. Spectators, particularly Americans, saw Canada as a tourism destination in front of screens in motion picture theatres, schools, and fairgrounds. Rooted in settler colonial representations that celebrate the nation's unspoiled but welcoming wilderness landscapes, these films also characterize Canada as a technologically and industrially advanced settler country. Using evidence from a wide range of archival sources and drawing from current scholarship in film history and tourism studies, Northern Getaway demonstrates that Canada was an innovator in using film to shape and project a recognizable destination brand."-- Provided by publisher
Bibliography Includes bibliographical references and index
Subject Travelogues (Motion pictures) -- Canada -- History and criticism
Tourism and motion pictures -- Canada
Motion picture industry -- Canada -- History
Tourism -- Canada -- History
Tourism -- Social aspects -- Canada
SOCIAL SCIENCE / Media Studies
Motion picture industry
Motion pictures
Tourism and motion pictures
Tourism -- Social aspects
Travelogues (Motion pictures)
SUBJECT Canada -- In motion pictures.
Subject Canada
Genre/Form Criticism, interpretation, etc.
Form Electronic book
ISBN 9780228014874