Sunday, February 12, 2012

Calgary Stampede (1948)

1 Nomination, 0 Wins

Nomination: Best Short Subject, Two-Reel - Gordon Hollingshead

This year's 30 Days of Oscar on Turner Classic Movies has centered around the theme of Destinations, and the network has curated films around a variety of locations. As part of the collection of films taking place in Canada, the network aired the 1948 short film "Calgary Stampede," which documents the Calgary Stampede, an annual rodeo and exhibition held in some form since 1886.

"Calgary Stampede" is a short travelogue, documenting the various events of the Stampede. It's a straightforward travelogue, but does an excellent job presenting the events of the Stampede. The film is beautifully shot, and the visuals of the events of the Stampede are impressive for its time. The film would of course look very different if made today, but the film was ahead of its time in its technical competence, and successfully takes the viewer into the world of the Calgary Stampede, the goal of every travelogue.

"Calgary Stampede" is a well made, admirable travelogue, and it is a wonderful thing to have such a competent recording of the Calgary Stampede 64 years later.

Remaining: 3174 films, 869 Oscars, 5453 nominations

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