My Fair Ladies And Gentlemen:
As an avid booster of the U.S.A. I hesitate to admit it, but Canada’s Expo 67 makes the recent New York and Seattle World’s Fairs seem like child’s play. On its refreshing St. Lawrence River site, the Montreal extravaganza offers scores of imaginatively designed pavilions filled with fascinating creations that make the mind reel at the genius of man.
The most impressive exhibits are Czechoslovakia’s almost poetic blend of national treasures, technological advancements, and intricate crafts; the Telephone Pavilion’s 360-degree film, “Canada 67”; and the Labyrinth, a unique combination of film, sound, and architecture that summons man “to slay the beast within himself.” The most disappointing: the U.S.A.’s collection of hokey memorabilia (old movie excerpts and props, guitars, branding irons, hats, pop art), the Soviet Union’s hard sell of its material achievements, and, alas, the Christian Pavilion.
The ecumenical Christian Pavilion attempts to present the Christian message in modern idiom. Visitors hear the sound of a thumping heart as they traverse three levels: (1) the everyday world of man’s life, (2) the broken world he has made, and (3) the new world of hope in the making. Level one accurately depicts life through many superb photographs: a crowd on Fifth Avenue, a child on a merry-go-round, a pianist performing under a conductor’s baton, a stripper displaying her wares. Level two movingly shows the horror of man’s sin in filmed records of war killings and bombings, emaciated corpses from concentration camps, book burnings, Ruby’s murder of Oswald, a self-immolation, and the destructive power of an A-bomb. Unfortunately, level three falls flat as it ambiguously combines scriptural fragments ...1
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