THE IDEA OF NORTH

SUMMARY
 
The Idea of North is part filmed docudrama, part fantasy, part forerunner of music television. Produced and directed by Judith Pearlman, adapted from the radio play by Glenn Gould, North's montage of words, images, and music tells a universal story of the quest for our last frontier.
Judith Pearlman, Churchill, Manitoba
A young man boards a train going North. It is a real train on a scheduled run, yet also a train of mind and mythology. As the journey unfolds, he chats with a seasoned guide and passes his time in reading, watching the rugged landscape, and speculating about his fellow travelers. He encounters four of them in his imagination, sharing their memories and the challenges that transformed their lives in the North. Together, they describe the final playing-out of man's two dreams: Eldorado and Utopia, both unattainable.
At the journey's end, he descends to meet his future, walking away from the camera until he disappears into the North, perhaps forever.

PRODUCTION

CAST
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Judith Pearlman
Glenn Gould
David Knight
Lome Tulk
Robert Hutt
John Dixon
Eric Hoppe
Geoffrey Reed
Bob Burns
Glenn Gould
Jim Lotz
R.A.J. Phillips
Marianne Schroeder
Frank Vallee
Young Man
Wally MacLean
Himself
Himself
Himself
Herself
Himself