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A busy day near the Telephone Pavilion

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This pavilion was well worth the long wait.  The 360 degree film, Canada 67, was brilliant.

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What ever became of most of these films? YouTube is an excellent medium to archive them these days.

They're not sitting in some basement are they?

(Note: I am not expecting 360 to be easily converted to a small screen. It's just that even some kind of fractional export can happen)

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There is a group of scholars, artists and filmmakers called Cinemaexpo67.  They have been researching and preserving many of the films shown at Expo.  These include Canada 67 (Telephone Pavilion), Polar Life (Man the Explorer) , A Place to Stand (Ontario Pavilion), We Are Young (Cominco), Labyrinth, Kaleidoscope, Citerama (Man In the Community Pavilion).  They are sponsored by Concordia University, The Research Council of Canada and York University.

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I had not realized the film was later shown at Disney.  I wonder if there is any faciity similar to the 360 degree theatre at Expo that could present that film today.

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21 hours ago, Jim said:

I had not realized the film was later shown at Disney.  I wonder if there is any faciity similar to the 360 degree theatre at Expo that could present that film today.

Wikipedia:

The movie was commissioned by the Telephone Association of Canada and produced by The Walt Disney Company. A converted B-25 bomber rebuilt by Paul Mantz's Tallmantz Aviation film unit was used to capture the aerial shots.[2][3] The movie was one of the rarest Circle-Vision movies ever exhibited; it has not been exhibited since the conclusion of the World's Fair in 1967, except for a brief appearance in January 1974 at Disney's Magic Kingdom during its Salute to Canada

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I remember seeing this (360 degree) film at Expo 67.  

What stood out to me (in the film) was being in the middle of the parade.  

Some people watching it (and I don't know the medical condition that causes this) got dizzy, and had to sit on the floor.

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I'll always remember the part of the film when the Mounties, in 360 degrees and on horseback with lances drawn, charge toward the camera.  It took my breath away.

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Is there anything like this around today?   (Epcot, Disneyland)?

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It was magnificent!  By now, I am afraid it might be somewhat dated.  It reminds me of "This is Cinerama"  and "To Be Alive."  At the time they were both spectacular.  Now they are both dated, but still good; still worth seeing.  

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In an academic way, both films (Canada 1967 and To Be Alive) tell a wonderful story about how people viewed life and the world around them in the mid-1960s.  They are remarkable primary sources.

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Thank you.  I agree.  It is really too bad the young people of today can not have the Expo experience here in the United States or Canada.  It was so important in my life.  I guess Disney World is the closest we have today.  

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I suppose that's accurate, Annabelle.  I've thought that myself.

However, the difference between Disney and something like Expo 67 (or any great world's fair) might be that Expo was ephemeral.  It existed for just six months and then was gone.  It really was a metaphorical snapshot of Canada and the world in a precise moment in time.  Even as Man And His World existed, it never recaptured the imagination and spirit of Expo. It's brief time is a part of the reason nearly 51 million people stormed the gates in 1967.  There would never be another opportunity.  And it gave every exhibitor the chance to try to provide a display that might be remembered for a lifetime and so many did just that.  

Disney is there and may be there for decades to come.  Those parks, because they are commercial ventures, will be updated and "improved" over all those coming years.   The attractions will aim at the imagination in order to make big money for Disney but will never have the spark of competing Soviet and USA pavilions or the fleeting magic of Labyrinth or the pride of the Canada pavilion.  

I suspect none of us will ever see an event with the spirit and joy of Expo again, however, and have not for fifty two years.  I also suspect I'm preaching to the choir because you were able to live the Expo experience in such a wonderful way.

Jim

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Odd how the months race by so quickly.I retired a few months ago and   have been working on memoirs and notes from my EXPO 67 days. When I saw this  post  it reminded  me that to this day   millions of visitors experience OH CANADA at Disney's EPCOT.Virtually none of them aware that the current OH CANADA movie   still has scenes  taken from way back in the EXPO days. Digitized and in some cases filmed again but still the original scenes  merged in with the newer Martin Short version. It was raining today so I went over to EPCOT to study the current 360 film a little closer. Sure enough  some scenes with  cars  that had to be 40+ years or more parked  along the streets of Ottawa ,Toronto and Montreal. That's when I realized that through the magic  of  original filming and digital cinema restoration  that Disney has restored many of the original scenes that played at the telephone pavilion at EXPO 67. If not the  original film they sure have  took note of the  scene selection and   filmed it again.

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