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Catalogue Number:  NFB519806
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Producers:  John Taylor
Directors:  Phillip Borsos
Producing Agencies:  Mercury Pictures Inc. (Vancouver)
Subject:  Business Studies, Canadian History, Canadian Social Studies, Civics, Documentary, Education, Social Studies, Tech/Voc
Language:  English
Grade Level:  9 - 12, Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1979
Running Time:  13:14

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A 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 nail mill, where banks of machines draw, cut, and pound the steel rods faster than the eye can follow. The scene then shifts back to a nineteenth-century nail factory. These diametrically opposed scenes emphasize the changed relationship between the individual and his work. Film without words.

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