John Walker's Passage (Canadian Cinema)

John Walker's Passage (Canadian Cinema)

Darrell Varga

John Walker is one among Canada's such a lot prolific and significant documentary filmmakers and is understood for his many considerate, in my view inflected motion pictures. His masterwork, Passage, centres on Sir John Franklin's failed day trip to discover the ultimate hyperlink of the Northwest Passage connecting the Atlantic and Pacific oceans during the Canadian Arctic. It additionally offers us the tale of John Rae, the Scottish explorer who found the destiny of Franklin and the ultimate hyperlink within the passage, yet was once left to the margins of heritage. Walker's movie brings to this tale a layering of dramatic motion and behind-the-scenes documentary photos that construct rigidity among the tale of the previous and interpretations of the present.

Darrell Varga presents an in depth research of Passage, situating it inside Walker's wealthy physique of labor and the Canadian documentary culture. Varga illuminates how the movie will be seen in the course of the lens of Harold Innis's theories of verbal exchange and tradition, beginning up the paintings of this nice Canadian political economist to movie studies.

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