The National Dream

The National Dream

DVD - 2003?
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This bold, dramatic series captures the epic struggles to open the Canadian West and at last join Canada from sea to sea. Based on the books The National Dream and The Last Spike by Pierre Berton, the programs chronicle the building of the Canadian Pacific Railway and the political fortunes of those who shaped the course of the railway and the destiny of Canada between 1871 and 1885.
Publisher: [Toronto, Ont.] : CBC, [2003?]
Copyright Date: ©1974
Branch Call Number: DVD 385.0971 CAN NAT
Characteristics: 8 videodiscs (432 min.) :,sound, color ;,4 3/4 in.


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Feb 28, 2016

An excellent series, well worth watching. The original series was first broadcast in 1974, and this collection is the re-broadcast version (90's?) with updated introductions and commentary by Berton, himself. The opening titles and some of the camera-work are definitely 70's era, but the bulk of the production still looks great.

Building a railway across Canada involved a lot more than simply laying track: Promises to keep, politics to navigate, money to find, entrepreneurship, scandals, some of the most eccentric characters in Canadian history, and even Riel's rebellion, all influenced the outcome. And, possibly even the first and best photo-crashing in Canadian history.

Still a very entertaining watch.

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Feb 28, 2016

gnomenut thinks this title is suitable for 10 years and over


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