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In Bed with an Elephant

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Using archival film footage, this hour-long documentary provides a gripping retrospective of United States-Canada relationships as personified by successive presidents and prime ministers. It becomes quite clear that our prime ministers, from John A. Macdonald down, have started their tenures on a sort of first-things-first basis by making overtures to their American counterparts. Attitudes and outcomes have varied widely, and this is what intrigues when seen in close-up. The almost comic antipathy between Kennedy and Diefenbaker, for instance, is as palpable here as is the folksy camaraderie of Reagan and Mulroney. Part four of the series Reckoning: The Political Economy of Canada.

1986, 59 min 48 s

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Gemini Award for Best Writing in an Information Series (Kent Martin, James Laxer)
Gemini Awards
December 1 1988, Toronto - Canada

Blue Ribbon Award - Category: International Issues
Itinerant - American Film and Video Festival
May 23 to 28 1988, New York - USA

Award of Merit for Research and Scriptwriting (Kent Martin, James Laxer, Erna Buffie)
FIN: Atlantic International Film Festival
October 20 to 25 1987, Halifax - Canada

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