The McCord Museum, the Stewart Museum, the Centre d'Histoire de Montréal, the Musée d'art contemporain à Montréal: so many venues this summer celebrating our World's Fair, Expo 67, staged 50 years ago.
But this is the one that captures the real excitement and spirit of the event. Imagine yourself in a large, rectangular courtyard, surrounded by multiple screens of all sizes. The sun has just gone down, and the sky overhead is darkening. Images begin to flash on the screens, accompanied by the lively music of the sixties. It is impossible to take it all in. You stand in the centre of the space, surrounded by hundreds of people, turning again and again as new images capture your attention.
Just as the visitor to Expo 67 was continually diverted by new sights, sounds, tastes and experiences, so the viewer of this film is beguiled by ever-shifting visuals that evoke novelty, energy, and the diversity of the human experience.
Produced by the National Film Board of Canada, Expo 67 Live runs for only two weeks, ending September 30. We can only hope that it returns next summer.
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