Ed Driscoll

Koyaanisqatsi: Canadian Style!

Or, from Bauhaus to Trudeau’s house.

Who hasn’t once said to himself, you know what I’d like to see? A remake of the early 1980s art film Koyaanisqatsi, with all of the visuals replaced by shots of Montreal in the 1960s! Well, other than pretty much no one. But still, that didn’t stop this documentarian from giving it a go. Ending with shots of Montreal’s Expo ’67, and with over 40 years of hindsight, you really sense the demise of crisp mid-century Mies van der Rohe-style modernism, with the brown polyester hell of the 1970s just around the corner:

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Oh, and speaking of Expo ’67, a new post at the Ultra Swank Website has lots more on that topic, with additional vintage photos and videos. Maybe Don Draper and his new Canadian fiancee will visit there in the next season of Mad Men, just before 1968 brings the curtain down on the swank, mod, mid-1960s.

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