Pour la suite du monde (1963)
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A particular construction of a rural society attempting to reclaim a romanticized past, carefully filmed and edited to convey authenticity. A remarkable work of ethnofiction that acknowledges the presence and influence of the filmmakers --who, after all, instigated the revival of the whale hunt--while at the same time deflecting the attention to the local characters. An intriguing performance of a particularly male form of tradition in the face of economic and cultural change. The project is in many ways a success, as the mandate to leave something for future generations--the film itself--is achieved. The actual mechanics of reviving the hunt are interesting in their own right. However, the film on the whole seems anachronistic and doesn't do a great job of illustrating the relevance of the traditions it re-enacts. Although presented as an internal narrative, the external nature of the filmmakers and the perspective of the viewer undercut the vitality of the project with a sense of futility. The desire to establish continuity and traces for future generations seems elegiac rather than hopeful, especially from a contemporary perspective.
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This movie ranks #24 in Top 100 Canadian Films
This movie ranks #248 in Sight and Sound -The Greatest Documentaries of All Time
This movie ranks #756 in Doubling the Canon