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McLaren: The Civil Servant as Artist 1956-1961

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This compilation includes films made by Norman McLaren (working alone and in collaboration) from 1956-1961: Rythmetic: A free-for-all as numbers meet in a playful encounter (8 min. 51 sec.); A Chairy Tale: A chair that declines to be sat upon and a young man perform a pas de deux (10 min. 5 sec.); Le Merle: Unusual activity is imparted to a French-Canadian nonsense song through the use of white cut-outs on pastel backgrounds (4 min. 7 sec.); Short and Suite: Music written for a jazz ensemble by Eldon Rathburn is translated into moving patterns of colour and light (4 in. 47 sec.); Serenal: A salute to the West Indies in the form of a fantasia of patterned sound and paint on film to the beat of an island tune (3 min. 43 sec.); Mail Early for Christmas: A pre-Christmas reminder to mail early in which an electric vibra-drill was used to engrave the images on black film, and which includes the occasional burst of lettering hand-scratched on a few frames (40 sec.); Jack Paar Credit Titles: The main and end credit-titles for the television program The Wonderful World of Jack Paar (3 min. 27 sec.); Lines - Vertical: Lines, ruled directly on film, move against changing colours in response to specially composed music (5 min. 50 sec.); Opening Speech: McLaren: An attempt to welcome an audience is frustrated by a microphone that has a will of its own (6 min. 33 sec.); and New York Lightboard: A Canadian tourism publicity clip which was projected in Times Square, New York as a large signboard made up of thousands of light bulbs activated by film images (9 min.).

1982, 55 min 35 s

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