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Opening Speech

Canada, 1960 (MIFF 1962)

Director: Norman McLaren

Ostensibly, Norman McLaren intends to welcome the audience, but is frustrated by the microphone which exhibits surprising temper, reluctance and guile.

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Lines Vertical - Lines Horizontal

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A Phantasy

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Mail Early

McLaren's first film for the NFB was this publicity clip for Canada Post. Non-abstract symbols drawn with pen on clear 35mm stock were superimposed on a painted background. ... More »

A Chairy Tale

Made without commentary or dialogue, this film is a simple ballet of a youth and a kitchen chair. The ensuing struggle, first for mastery and then for understanding forms the action of the film. The ... More »

V For Victory

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Hen Hop

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