Editor: Spacing has partnered with the National Film Board of Canada to showcase films from their new online screening room. Matt Forsythe of the NFB is occasionally posting films here on Spacing that explore our public spaces, Canadian or international cities and anything urban.
Kyle MacDonald suggests this great film from 1955 about the challenges of managing Montreal traffic. Kyle writes:
The fun action starts around 4:00 with elected Montreal officials detailing their plans to alleviate traffic congestion in the city. Kinda neat considering the current election focus on transportation, and the discussion around the Turcot. These are the guys who set the stage for what exists now. ‘Circulation’ is seen from the problem/solution perspective, and the footage shows ‘problem’ areas, in what would be considered very low traffic volumes today!
The film also features a hilarious relief map of Mont Royal and surrounding areas and an appearance by Jean Drapeau – the mayor responsible for the construction of the Montreal Metro system. NOTE: We checked the archives and there doesn’t appear to be a version with English subtitles yet.