Donald Shebib's 'Goin' Down the Road'

By Geoff Pevere

© 2012

Since its release in July 1970, Donald Shebib’s low-budget road movie about displaced Maritimers in Toronto has become one of the most celebrated Canadian movies ever made. In this study of Goin’ Down the Road, renowned film critic Geoff Pevere provides an engaging account of how a film produced under largely improvised circumstances became the most influential Canadian movie of its day as well as an enduring cultural touchstone.

Featuring extensive interviews with the film’s key participants, Pevere provides behind-the-scenes history and explores how the movie’s meaning and interpretation have changed over time. He gives special attention to the question of why the film’s creative mix of documentary techniques, road movie tropes, and social commentary have proven so popular and influential in Canadian filmmaking for decades.

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  • Series: Canadian Cinema
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 144 pages
  • Illustrations: 15
  • Dimensions: 5.2in x 0.4in x 7.5in
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Pevere provides behind-the-scenes history and explores how the movie’s meaning and interpretation have changed over time.

Donald Shebib's 'Goin' Down the Road'

By Geoff Pevere

© 2012

Since its release in July 1970, Donald Shebib’s low-budget road movie about displaced Maritimers in Toronto has become one of the most celebrated Canadian movies ever made. In this study of Goin’ Down the Road, renowned film critic Geoff Pevere provides an engaging account of how a film produced under largely improvised circumstances became the most influential Canadian movie of its day as well as an enduring cultural touchstone.

Featuring extensive interviews with the film’s key participants, Pevere provides behind-the-scenes history and explores how the movie’s meaning and interpretation have changed over time. He gives special attention to the question of why the film’s creative mix of documentary techniques, road movie tropes, and social commentary have proven so popular and influential in Canadian filmmaking for decades.

Continue Reading Read Less

Product Details

  • Series: Canadian Cinema
  • Division: Scholarly Publishing
  • World Rights
  • Page Count: 144 pages
  • Illustrations: 15
  • Dimensions: 5.2in x 0.4in x 7.5in
  • Reviews

    “Geoff Pevere's new book, Donald Shebib's Goin' Down the Road is an essential companion to the classic Canadian film. It should be required reading in every film course in Canada and elsewhere.”
    Ralph Lucas, Publisher
    Northernstars.ca
  • Author Information

    Geoff Pevere has been writing, broadcasting, and teaching about film and media for more than thirty years. He is the former movie critic for the Toronto Star, co-author of the national best-seller Mondo Canuck, and host of CBC Radio’s groundbreaking culture program Prime Time.

  • Table of contents

    Acknowledgments

    Prologue: A Heavy Rainbow

    Chapter one: Surfing from Scarborough

    Chapter two: Beginner’s License

    Chapter three: The Road Rolls

    Chapter four: Is This The One?

    Chapter five: Victims of the Rainbow

    Chapter six: Re-surfacing

    Chapter seven: Pete, Joey, Garth, Gord, and Jesus too

    Chapter eight: Further

    Afterword

    Production Credits

    Further Viewing

    Notes

    Selected Bibliography

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