When the construction of the new bridge over the Niagara River was officially started in 1882, it marked a monumental achievement in the development of the Canadian economy.
But even before the bridge opened, the industry was in its infancy.
A small cottage industry sprang up around it, but the economic importance of the bridge did not immediately manifest itself.
This was a crucial point, because it marked the beginning of the growth of Canadian film.
For the next 40 years, the movie industry thrived, and the film of the period was the most profitable in the world.
The first major movie production studio in Canada was the Paramount Picture Company (1913), which produced the film The Great Gatsby (1929), and produced the animated feature film The Big Lebowski (1988).
It also produced several other films, including The Great Escape (1925), the film that eventually won a Tony Award for Best Picture (1927), The Big Sleep (1928), and The Big Sky (1931).
The second major movie studio was the Motion Picture Association of America (MPAA), which became the film federation in 1935.
But it was during this period that the Canadian film industry began to take off.
A number of Canadian producers went on to make successful film projects, including Robert Aldrich, the man behind the Oscar-winning picture The Godfather, as well as Peter Bogdanovich, who produced the blockbuster western The Magnificent Seven.
In the early 1940s, the Toronto-based film producer Robert W. Baird was appointed as Canada’s first Chief Film Commissioner, and he led a wave of new studios and productions.
In 1940, the film trade journal Motion Picture News proclaimed that Canada had become the “film capital of the world” with production and distribution revenues of over $4.5 billion.
In 1945, the first of three major films was produced by Paramount Pictures.
This film, The Last of the Mohicans (1946), won a record $60 million at the box office, and it made the list of the top 100 grossing films of all time.
The film also became the first film ever to win two Oscars, and was nominated for five more.
By the late 1940s and 1950s, production companies were being formed in Montreal, Toronto, Vancouver, and New York, and there was even an entire film studio in Montreal that produced and distributed films.
It was at this time that the first big-budget movie, The Wizard of Oz, was made.
The Wizard was made by Walt Disney and directed by Oscar-nominated director James Whale.
The movie was originally set in 1928 and starred Humphrey Bogart as the titular hero and Margaret Mitchell as Dorothy.
The story was based on the 1937 book The Wonderful Wizard of OZ by J.D. Salinger.
Disney and Whale had already established a reputation for producing films with innovative storylines and storytelling techniques.
They had created the popular series, The Lion King, which ran for ten seasons.
In 1939, the two men established the Canadian Motion Picture Society (CMP), which later became the Canadian Film Commission.
This film was not only an instant classic, it was also considered by many to be one of the greatest films of the 20th century.
The production was filmed in the Canadian cities of Montreal and Toronto, and many of the famous locations such as the Palace of Westminster and Buckingham Palace were filmed.
The entire film was shot on location in Ontario, including Toronto, Hamilton, Kingston, Toronto and Ottawa.
This made the film an instant hit, and earned the film a place in the history books.
The success of the movie led to a surge in the number of movies being made in Canada.
The CMP was also responsible for the creation of a number of innovative film genres.
This included romantic comedies, action films, thrillers, sci-fi and fantasy, westerns, and westerns with a western focus.
A large portion of the CMP’s budget went toward making feature films, but it also funded production of short films and feature documentaries.
The most famous feature of this era was The Man Who Fell to Earth (1951), which featured an all-star cast, including Michael Caine, Shirley MacLaine, Peter Sellers, Jim Henson, and Jean Harlow.
The short film was nominated in four Academy Awards for Best Short Film and Best Feature.
Other notable features included The Wild One (1953), The Magnificat (1954), The Last Picture Show (1956), and the musical comedy The Sound of Music (1960).
This led to many films being made on location and in Canada, including a film about a young boy from Toronto named Johnny Caramanica.
It earned the CMA a record-breaking $3.6 million at release.
In addition, The Man from the North Star (1955), directed by Stanley Kubrick, was a huge success, grossing $15.