The film that made thousands faint at Expo 67:
Library and Archives Canada cordially invites you to a free screening of
Miracles in Modern Medicine
Library and Archives Canada, Auditorium
395 Wellington Street, Ottawa
Monday, November 27, 2017
Doors open at 6:30 p.m.
Screening starts at 7:00 p.m.
With a presentation by Steven Palmer, Professor of History, University of Windsor
Over the six months of Expo 67, some 2.5 million people watched Robert Cordier’s multimedia show at the so-called Meditheatre; some 200 of them fainted each day. Cutting-edge medical procedures in Montréal hospitals, filmed and edited using avant-garde cinematic techniques, were projected on giant screens above actors who interacted with the film as they performed medical roles on sets that included real hospital equipment. The film showed the first-ever explicit depiction of a live birth seen by a mass public, and it also contained revolutionary footage of open-heart and brain surgery. Lost for almost 50 years, this revolutionary film was rediscovered in pristine condition at Library and Archives Canada, and a stunning new version scanned from the negative will be shown in Ottawa for the first time. Before the screening, medical historian Steven Palmer will give a brief presentation explaining the context in which the film was originally viewed at Expo 67, as well as crucial details about the filmmakers and the subjects.
Read a recent article about this groundbreaking film in The Walrus.
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