Nails (1979)

Directed by Phillip Borsos
1979 | 13 min

What a delightful short documentary. Found it on the National Film Board of Canada’s Roku channel. Sarah read this description and said, Well, that sounds like you.”

This Oscar®-nominated documentary short tracks the shift in the relationship of an individual to his work between the 19th century and today. Focusing on how nails are made, we first see a blacksmith laboring at his forge, shaping nails from single strands of steel rods. The scene then shifts from this peaceful setting to the roar of a 20th century nail mill, where banks of machines draw, cut, and pound the steel rods faster than the eye can follow.


April 7, 2023