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Blood and Fire

Year: 1958
Language: English
Format: 16mm Black & White
Runtime: 29 min
Director: Terence Macartney-Filgate
Producer: Wolf Koenig, Roman Kroitor
Writer: Stanley Jackson
Cinematographer: Wolf Koenig
Editor: William Greaves
Sound: George Croll, Frank Orban
Production Company: National Film Board of Canada

This early Candid Eye documentary on the Salvation Army, which features band rehearsals, personal reminiscences of an Army officer and an unrehearsed performance in the Army Citadel, offers a revealing study of men and women dedicated to a life of service and won a Canadian Film Award for best TV information film. It is characteristic of Unit B’s direct cinema approach, and of Macartney-Filgate’s in particular: the attempt to capture the essence of an ordinary situation while remaining at an ironic distance.

By: Andrew McIntosh