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Short and Suite

Canada, 1959 (MIFF 1960, Programme 12)

Director: Norman McLaren

The film is an expression of a mood, a heady recollection of an evening on the town rendered in rhythmic flights of light and colour. The alternation of the music's mood - gay or sad - is echoed by the artist.

Written for a jazz ensemble by Eldon Rathburn, engraved and coloured on film by Norman McLaren.

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