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Produced by Luciano Lisi, 1989
VHS casette, 25:00 min., $99.00
Distributed by Magic Lantern Communications, Unit #38,775 Pacific Road, Oakville, Ontario L6L 6M4

Grades 9 and up/Ages 14 and up
Reviewed by J.A. Forrester.

Volume 19 Number 2
1991 March

This Halifax based production illustrates B.C. writer Sam Roddan's tale of childhood friendship in a small Maritime fishing village following World War II. The shooting took place at Sherbrooke Village in Nova Scotia, an historically re-created settlement similar to Upper Canada Village or King's Landing, N.B.

While the setting and costumes appear to be authentic and the technical details are acceptable, I find that there is a curious lack of warmth about the final production. In contrast to "Anne of Green Gables" series or "The Road to Avonlea" (both with much bigger budgets), the acting in this film (which was part of the television showcase "Family Pictures") is uniformly ama­teurish.

The story and writer have no great significance in Canadian literature, so The Bellringers might only be useful as a glimpse of Canadian life in the 1920s from a Canadian studies perspective. However, I think that there are better examples.

J.A. Forrester, Peterborough, Ont.
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