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Lines Vertical - Lines Horizontal

Canada, 1960 (MIFF 1961, Programme 3)

Director: Norman McLaren

Lines in pure design — an attempt by Norman McLaren to create art interesting pattern entirely from straight lines engraved directly on plain black film.

The effect in is of decorous ballet through close prescribed figures The lines whirl, seperate, circle and close up with infinite precision and grace. In Lines Horizontal the movement suggests a tenuous, effortless minuet.

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