Canada, 1979

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A non-narrated look at the manufacture of nails, juxtaposing highly mechanised factory production with the slower outputs of a small business and a single blacksmith. The blacksmith is seen labouring at his forge, shaping nails from single strands of steel rods. The scene shifts from this peaceful setting to the roar of a twentieth century mill, where banks of machines draw, cut and pound the steel rods faster than the eye can follow. These diametrically opposed scenes emphasise the changed relationship between the individual and his work. (Awards: New York, Chicago, Toronto)



Phillip Borsos


John Taylor

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National Film Board of Canada





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Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Film festivals - Canada - Toronto - Awards

Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Film festivals - United States - Chicago - Awards

Advertising, Film, Journalism, Mass Media & TV → Film festivals - United States - New York - Awards

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Factories

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Job satisfaction

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Metals

Agriculture, Business, Commerce & Industry → Steel works


Documentary → Documentary films - Canada

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Metals

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Technology

Short films

Short films → Short films - Canada




16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

16mm film; Limited Access Print (Section 2)

16mm film; Preservation Print (Section 5)

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