The Whole Wide World

Yet another delicious National Film Board archive piece for you.  I have exactly 1 Expo ’67 story, and it isn’t exactly mine since I wasn’t alive.  My mother attended the Expo with her grade 8 class, and I’m sure she was very excited to check out this amazing event. Unfortunately, she collapsed at the front gates and spent the entire trip in a Montreal Hospital.  Her doctors and nurses only spoke French, so they could not explain to her what was wrong (I’m not sure if they even knew).  So you and I have now seen more of Expo ’67 than my mom, who was there.

The World’s Fair movement continues to this day, but many argue that Expo ’67 was the Zenith.  This remarkable effort in Canada’s centennial year exceeded all expectations. Over 50 million people visited Montreal that summer including a record 590 000 in one day.  It is even more remarkable that many observers at the time believed the Expo was unfeasible.  Instead people from around the world were treated to a marvelous experience.

This film captures much of the sights, sounds, and atmosphere of the Expo.  It is a cultural milestone for Canada that may never be matched. The film itself lacks narration, which is fine for this kind of documentary/commercial.  The images speak for themselves.

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2 Responses to “The Whole Wide World”

  1. evelynyvonnetheriault Says:

    I came across your post today because I was blogging about Expo 67 too.
    This is a great little anecdote! I think it’s great that so many people are recording little incidents like this from their family histories. As these accumulate on the internet we are building some of the “everyday people” history that I love to see.
    By the way, it was not Canada’s bicentennial but rather its centennial as Canada was born in 1867.

  2. St-Helen’s Island (L’Ile Ste-Helene) Montreal, Quebec « A Canadian Family Says:

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