The Falls (1991 film)

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The Falls is a Canadian documentary film, directed by Kevin McMahon and released in 1991.[1] The film is an exploration of the cultural significance held by Niagara Falls in the collective imagination.[2]

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The Falls
Directed byKevin McMahon
Written byKevin McMahon
Produced byMichael McMahon
Brian Dennis
Narrated byRita McMahon
CinematographyDouglas Koch
Edited byMichael McMahon
Music byKurt Swinghammer
Channel Four Films
Primitive Features
Release date
  • September 1991 (1991-09) (TIFF)
Running time
89 minutes

According to McMahon, "It would have been very easy to do something trite and cheap and ironic — you know, making fun of Niagara Falls as a tourist trap. But I was interested in exploring the mythic side of it."[3] Instead, he tried to make a film which encompassed all aspects of the Niagara Falls area, including poetic meditation on the power and force of the falls themselves, an acknowledgement of the tacky aspects of the Clifton Hill tourist district, and an exploration of the environmental consequences of pollution and hydroelectric development in the area, including the controversy around Love Canal.[4]

The film was screened for distributors at the Cannes Film Market in May 1991,[5] and had its public premiere at the 1991 Festival of Festivals,[6] before having a limited commercial release in October.[3]