Vimy Ridge

Vimy RidgeIf Vimy Ridge was an American success story, Hollywood would be churning out big budget epics on the subject on a regular basis. Vimy Ridge happens to be draped in red and white, and as a result, it's never received the celluloid documentation it so richly deserves. As Canadians, we're almost embarrassed of our successes. Why is that? Americans spin every event into a patriotic landmark of their history while we push the spotlight away from these proud accomplishments. The exception to this is hockey, but hockey is the exception to just about everything North of the 49th parallel.

I just read an article in the Saturday Star that claims our schools are now teaching that the War of 1812 resulted in a draw. Canadian youth are being taught that the United States of America had no choice but to attack, and although we held them off, we certainly were not victorious. The War of 1812 is full of excellent examples of Canadian pride, from Laura Secord to Tecumseh. Why can't we take a page out of the book of Americana and celebrate moments when Canada and Canadians shine brightest? Why aren't I hearing that great Canadian actors are currently filming a movie directed by Norman Jewison or Atom Egoyan based on that day in April 1917 when we as Canadians worked together and captured Vimy Ridge? The story of Vimy Ridge is begging to become a film in the vein of Saving Private Ryan. C'mon Canada. Celebrate the red and white. Make a movie about Vimy Ridge.

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My grandpa fought at Vimy he was a corporal in the Black watch.
HE had 3 or 4 medals from the war and stayed 2 years longer
than most to help cleanup the mess.
He told me that when the played the pipes and drums the Germans were shaking in their boots it was such a raucous
more than 3500 died and over 10,000 wounded in that offensive alone.
Movies get made for Propaganda
Canada has never boasted nor sang their own songs.
I will never forget though

February 16, 2011 @ 1:42 AM

James of Niagara

There are a few decent Canadian WWI movies: Shattered City, a CBC TV movie about the Halifax Explosion, is quite good. With a fraction of Passcendale's budget, it did a much better job of recreating Canada crica 1916. Winnie, a movie about the story behind Winnie the Pooh, is also tolerable, and noticeably better than Passcendale. While the battle scences are not very impressive, it benefits from a strong performance from Michael Fassbender, before he became famous for roles in other (big-budget) history movies like A Dangerous Method, Jane Eyre, Centurion, etc. Then there is Legends of the Fall: a very impressive epic with major Hollywood star-power (Brad Pitt, Anthony Hopkins, Aidan Quinn etc.). In this movie, three American brothers enlist in the Canadian Army and fight on the Western Front. The Canadian uniforms in this movie are spot-on accurate, and the fight scences are equally accurate and impressive. So fortunately we have some choices out there for WWI Canadian movies beyond Passcendale. There is also another WWI Canadian movie called "The Wars" based off Timothy Findley's famous novel of the same name, but I have not seen it and can't speak to its quality.

September 8, 2012 @ 8:42 PM

Rob J

Yikes, 13 years later and still no movie!

February 3, 2016 @ 12:44 PM

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