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REF NO.: 164

SUBJECT: Lost Expo ’67 medical film classic to be screened at Memorial University

DATE: March 8

Miracles in Modern Medicine, a film screened only once since its controversial debut during Montreal’s Expo ’67, is being screened on Memorial’s St. John’s campus March 9.

Robert Cordier, the film’s director, will be in attendance. Shot in 1966 at the Royal Victoria Hospital, the Montreal General Hospital, the Hotel Dieu, and the Montreal Rehabilitation Institute, the 19-minute film documents six medical interventions in a cinematic consideration of the marriage of humans and machines at vital medicalized moments.

Mr. Cordier will be joined by Dr. Steven Palmer of the University of Windsor, who rediscovered the film at Library and Archives Canada, and writer Edward Riche. Mr. Riche and Dr. Palmer are currently collaborating on a documentary about Mr. Cordier’s life and work.

Dr. Palmer will offer a commentary on the Montreal medical community’s leadership role in establishing the Expo theme pavilions as well as a reconstruction of the Man and His Health/L’homme et le santé pavillon, and its core Meditheatre performance space where the film was screened. Following the screening, Mr. Cordier will be interviewed by Mr. Riche.

Miracles in Modern Medicine is being presented by the Office of the Provost and Vice-President (Academic) and the Faculty of Arts. The event is open to all and takes place Wednesday, March 9, at 7:30 p.m. in the Dr. Richard Fagan Lecture Theatre, room M1M101 in Memorial’s Medical Education Centre. Parking is available in lots 9 and 9L

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For further information, please contact Janet Harron, communications co-ordinator, Faculty of Arts, at 709-631-0249 or


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