The Grey Fox (1982), Phillip BORSOS's first feature film, builds on the ambivalent fascination many Canadians have for the United States. A Canadian rendition of the Western, it revolves around an outlaw who is invested with charisma and a mythical aura by the Canadians he meets. When released, Borsos's film fulfilled an ideal for a professional cinema by telling an identifiably Canadian story with a visual style that exploits the terrain of the lower BC mainland and reinforces the idea of a remote landscape as a significant feature in Canadian culture. The Grey Fox circulated internationally to modest acclaim; domestically, it dominated the 1983 Canadian Film Awards, winning 7 Genies.
See also Canadian FEATURE FILM.
Author BLAINE ALLAN