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Pas de deux

Canada, 1968 (MIFF 1969, Programme 7)

Director: Norman McLaren

Two of Canada's leading ballet dancers, Margaret Mercier and Vincent Warren, are clad in white and their pas de deux filmed against a black stage. For his 48th experimental film, Norman McLaren plays with multiple images, using the optical printer to expose individual frames up to eleven times.

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