Many people have been helpful in the preparation of this manuscript.
At Focal Press I thank Karen Speerstra for suggesting the project to me, and Sharon Falter for her ongoing help.
I'm grateful to the following archives for their help in securing the stills for this book: the British Film Institute, the French Cinematheque, the Moving Image and Sound Archives of Canada, and the Museum of Modern Art, New York.
For their generous financial support I thank the Faculty of Fine Arts, York University, and the Canada Council. This book could not have been written on the scale attempted without the financial support of the Canada Council.
This project was complex and challenging in the level of support services it required. From typing and shipping to corresponding with archives and studios on rights clearances, I have been superbly supported by my assistant, Steven Sills, in New York and my friend and colleague, George Robinson, in Toronto. I thank them both. Finally, I thank my wife, Ida, for being so good-natured about the demands of this project.
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