The above photo is from Renfrew of the Royal Mounted, released by Grand National in 1937. Although it is not a Canadian film, it represents Hollywood's influence on the Canadian film industry and on how Canadian films were perceived until fairly recently. As early as 1922, Hollywood producer Lewis Selznick declared, "If Canadian stories are worthwhile making into films, companies will be sent into Canada to make them." The result, as film scholar Peter Harcourt wrote in 1977, was that Canada's was "an invisible cinema". The creators of this website invite you to join the growing body of film buffs, students, and scholars in the movement to enhance the visibility of Canadian and other alternative cinemas.
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