August 17, 2015

The Daily Durning: Shorts for the Summer

I thought your readers would enjoy these two NFB productions.

The first is “Whistling Smith.” A beat cop in the Downtown Eastside in the 60’s and 70’s. It’s a four-decade-old production. The Hastings Street buildings and cafes are there, but 40 years older.

The criticism of this film is that it patronizes women – especially First Nations women – something I agree with but we’ll let your readers decide.

After Smith retired, he became driver/body guard for Bill Vander Zalm when he was Premier.

[Click here for “Whistling Smith.”]

The second film is about the construction of housing for the wartime effort (WWII). Terrible narration. One could not imagine documentary dialogue like that these days, but those were the times.

There are also a few scenes of wartime housing construction in B.C. It appears to be war-time housing for the shipyard workers in North Vancouver.

[Click here for “Wartime Housing.”]

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