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The Noranda Enterprise

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L'Entreprise Noranda
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Library and Archives Canada: 35mm, 16mm, VHS, Betacam.
"Industrial sponsored documentary film about the Noranda Mines Limited mine in Noranda, Quebec. It shows: the Noranda mine site; town streets; houses, offices, schools, the hotel and the theatre in Noranda "where the latest talkies are shown". It also shows hockey and curling in the town. The film emphasizes the modern technology used at the mine, including special lockers that dry the miners' clothing. It shows: workers changing clothes; shower facilities; the huge smelter and other mine buildings; the miners at work in the mine; men drilling and blasting; boring holes; ore put in cars for transport in the mine; different kinds of machinery; crushing ore; bringing ore to the surface; grinding ore to powder; different ways to treat the ore to separate copper, gold and silver; automated processes; the smelter; copper anodes with traces of gold and silver still in it; the anodes being processed at the electrolytic refinery of Noranda Mines Limited subsidiary Canadian Copper Refiners in Montreal East; copper bars; gold and silver alloys cast into small anodes; the casting of molten gold and silver into bars; the placing of the bars into vaults; the rolling mill of the Canada Wire and Cable Company Limited where the copper bars are made into wire; and woman worker operating machinery to braid copper wire; cotton jacket placed over braided wire. The conclusion consists of a montage of products that use metals mined at Noranda, including silverware and coins, followed by a final shot of the Norand mine."


Peter Morris, Embattled Shadows: A History of Canadian Cinema, 1895-1939, McGill-Queen's University Press, 1978.