Across Cultures

Cinema and Representation

The Official Voice

By Albert Ohayon and Marc St-Pierre, NFB Collection Analysts


Person interviewed

Nina Beveridge

Nina Beveridge is President of Beevision Productions, a full-service multimedia company that has provided animation, broadcast design and post-production to producers and broadcasters in North America since 1993. Nina now produces multi-platform content. Sample producer credits include: “The Idealist: James Beveridge, Film Guru,” a documentary; “The Calling,” an HD Film.

 

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Poland on the Prairies [1944]
Excerpt - 2:55


Ukrainian Winter Holidays [1942]
Excerpt - 3:29


Iceland on the Prairies [1941]
Excerpt - 2:05


Photograph of James Beveridge [1963]
Photo


Ukrainian Winter Holidays [1942]
Photo


Voice of Lorne Greene from the film The War For Men's Minds [1943]
Sound archive


Voice of Lorne Greene from the film Voice of Action [1942]
Sound archive

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Voice of Lorne Greene from the film Voice of Action


The principal English narrator for the NFB in the 1940s, Lorne Greene was the son of Russian-Jewish immigrants. His narrative voice in Churchill's Island contributed to the NFB's first Oscar win in 1941. Greene's voice in this clip from Voice of Action is a good example of the "Voice of God" style, where the narrator authoritatively addresses the viewers.