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Selected Films: Norman McLaren

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Fourteen works reflect the diversity of Norman McLaren's moviemaking interests. Titles include: Neighbours: Two people come to blows over the possession of a flower (8 min. 10 sec.); Begone Dull Care: An interpretation of jazz played by the Oscar Peterson Trio (7 min. 48 sec.); Pas de deux: A multiple image of ballet dancers Margaret Mercier and Vincent Warren created by re-exposing the same frames (13 min. 22 sec.); Boogie-Doodle: Boogie played by Albert Ammons and 'doodle' drawn by Norman McLaren combine in a bright, rhythmic film experiment (3 min. 22 sec.); Synchromy: Optical techniques compose the piano rhythms appearing on the screen so that you see what you hear (7 min. 27 sec.); Mosaic: A play on the retina of the eye, the basis of this film is a single tiny square that divides to form a colourful mosaic (5 min. 27 sec.); A Phantasy: In a landscape drawn in pastel, inanimate objects come to life in grave dances and playful ritual (7 min. 15 sec.); Blinkity Blank: McLaren applies the laws of persistence of vision. He engraves pictures and sound on blank film (5 min. 15 sec.); Le Merle: Activity is imparted to a French-Canadian nonsense song through the use of white cut-outs on pastel backgrounds (4 min. 7 sec.); Lines - Horizontal: Lines, ruled directly on film, move against a background of changing colours, in response to music (5 min. 58 sec.); A Chairy Tale: A chair that declines to be sat upon and a man perform a pas de deux (10 min. 5 sec.); Animated Motion: Part 5: A demonstration of change in the amount and colour of light within an otherwise static screen (7 min. 6 sec.); New York Lightboard Record: New Yorkers watch Norman McLaren's New York Lightboard over Times Square (9 min.); and Narcissus: A ballet of the Greek myth of the beautiful youth who condemns himself to a trapped existence through self-love (21 min. 47 sec.).

1991, 114 min 06 s

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