User experience, design, architecture, the future and some other stuff
The 1967 International and Universal Exposition, or simply Expo 67, was the General Exhibition Category 1 World’s Fair held in Montreal, Quebec, Canada from April 27 to October 29, 1967. It was considered to be the most successful World’s Fair of the 20th century, with over 50 million visitors and 62 nations participating. It also set the single-day attendance record for a world’s fair with 569,000 visitors on its third day.
Expo 67 coincided with the 100th anniversary of Canadian Confederation and was the country’s main centennial event. The 1967 fair was originally intended to be held in Moscow, to help the Soviet Union celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Russian Revolution but, for various reasons, the Soviets decided to cancel, and Canada was awarded it in the fall of 1962.
The project was not originally overwhelmingly supported in Canada. It took the determination of Montreal’s mayor, and a new team of managers, to guide it past political, physical and temporal hurdles. Defying even a computer analysis that said it could not be done, the fair opened on time.
After October 1967, Expo 67 lived on as an exhibition called Man and His World during the summer months, from 1968 until 1981. By that time, most of the buildings had fallen into disrepair and were dismantled. Today, the islands that hosted the world are mainly used as parkland and for recreational use, with only a few remaining structures from Expo 67 to show that the fair was held there. To this day, most Canadians from that time still regard it as one of the country’s finest cultural achievements.
After clicking on one of the images below you can use the left & right arrow keys on your keyboard to navigate through the photos
The Wall Street Journal is reporting that Wes Anderson (director of my favorite movie – The Life Aquatic) he’ll release a short film called Hotel Chevalier later this week at Apple stores across the country and for free on iTunes. Mr. Anderson said that he shot the movie in 2 1/2 days and edited it on his own computer…
The image above is the first of “The Darjeeling Limited”s prequel – the 13 minute short” (Hotel Chevalier) – from the folks at Natalieportman.com.
The pic features Jason Schwartman (as Jack Whitman) and Natalie Portman (credited simply as “Jack’s X-Girlfriend” according to the leaked press notes) staring off into the distance on the balcony of said Hotel.
As was written on the CastleRock Italian site (in broken English), ‘Chevalier’ is “Acclimatized in one room of hotel in France, ['Hotel Chevalier' is] the short epilogue of one heartbreaking history of love and the prologue of the travel told in ‘The Darjeeling Limited.’ ”
Which translated means: The entire short takes place in one hotel room and is essentially the break-up that leads Jack to meet his brothers Francis (Owen Wilson) and Peter (Adrien Brody) in India for the “Darjeeling’ spiritual journey and adventure. Apparently Portman briefly appears in ‘Darjeeling.’