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The future never looked groovier than at Montreal’s World’s Fair in 1967

Coordinated to correspond with Canada’s centennial, the 1967 International and Universal Exposition (Expo 67) is widely considered as one of the most notable and successful World’s Fairs ever held. The retro-futuristic residues of the mega-event can still be experienced where it took place, and several of its structures remain in Montreal, as well as in the Epcot theme park at Walt Disney World in Florida, which was partially inspired by the exposition. Originally assembled as ‘an invitation’ to the fair during its six-month run, this short features artfully captured shots of Expo 67’s many attractions – including a still-standing geodesic dome designed by Buckminster Fuller, breezy monorail rides, avant-garde art and architecture, and a curious number of clowns. With its vivid images of pavilions from the exposition’s 60 participating nation states – including the United States and the USSR at the height of the Cold War – the film’s ethos of international cooperation and a utopian future contrasts heavily with the much darker political realities of the time.

Director: William Brind

Website: National Film Board of Canada

30 April 2019

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