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The First Village of Importance

Accession number: 
Alternate Titles: 
La Réalisation d'une capitale
French version
Production Years: 
1958 to 1961


Film Properties: 
Length (feet): 
1040 (16mm)
Length (minutes): 
Holding Institutions: 

University of Guelph, Guelph, Ontario: 16mm.

Library and Archives Canada: 16mm, Digibeta, VHS.
"A look at the National Capital Area, and then an in-depth look at the NCC's National Capital Plan - how it came to be and how it is being implemented. An account of demolition, of construction, of roadways, parks, government buildings, and of landscaping is given. Exceptional material: Queen Elizabeth II launches the construction of the Queensway; the Ottawa Train Station at Confederation Square; the Queen Mother officially opens Colonel By Drive; and, medium shot of town planner, Jacques Gréber."

"Other buildings and sites of interest include: the INTER-PROVINCIAL and CHAUDIERE Bridges; Green Island and OTTAWA CITY HALL; CANADIAN GENERAL ELECTRIC building; THE NATIONAL RESEARCH COUNCIL on a 370 acre site in the east end; CENTRAL MORTGAGE AND HOUSING CORPORATION in a landscaped park; skiing at CAMP FORTUNE."


University of Waterloo Audiovisual Services Catalog.
"This film shows the small lumbering town of Ottawa being replanned, re-built, and renovated according to plans devised by Jacques Greber."

National Film Board of Canada, Films by Other Producers Distributed in Canada by the National Film Board of Canada/Films de divers producteurs distribués au Canada par l’Office national du film du Canada (Montreal: National Film Board of Canada, c.1968), 6, 9.
"This film shows how Ottawa is being rebuilt and renovated, according to a bold new plan devised by town-planner Jacques Greber."

"Grâce à l'urbaniste français Jacques Gréber et aux efforts de la Commission de la Capitale nationale, Ottawa devint l'une des plus belles villes du Canada."