Mentioned here earlier in its beta form
, Canada's National Film Board has released the bulk of its films online, for free, in the NFB Screening Room.
With hundreds of films from the 1920s
onwards, including groundbreaking work by animator Norman McLaren
, documentaries, dramas, bizarre anti-smoking (or pro-smoking?) screeds
and much, much more, it's a breathtaking trove of amazing film to be discovered from north of the 49th.
, the story of a young Quebecer's crushing blow due to the malfeasance of the Eaton's catalogue;
, a feature-length documentary about one man and his canoe;
Cartoons by Zlatko Grgic
, a master of comic timing;
Our Northern Neighbour (1944)
, a short film about how awesome it is to be allied with the Soviets and how nothing can possibly go wrong with that
plan. See also Inside Fighting China (1942)
Carts of Darkness
, a recent documentary about homeless people who have turned cash recycling into an extreme sport.
How can one viewer manage all this content? I recommend the Playlists
, a section of the site where guest "curators" present a selection of NFB films around certain themes.
I should note that the site launched yesterday or the day before, and their servers seem to be getting slaughtered -- connections are somewhat spotty, and YMMV but bookmarking the site and the films you want to check out and coming back to it in a couple of weeks might be more fruitful than "stalling out" halfway through a 60-minute documentary.