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Narcissus

Canada, 1983 (MIFF 1984)

Director: Norman McLaren

Norman McLaren's 59th film, which opened the 1983 World Film Festival in Montreal, is one of the most ambitious in his long career, which started in 1933. The film is based on the Greek myth of the native youth who falls in love with his own image, and becomes the victim of excessive self love.

As in his previous dance film, "Pas De Deux', 1967, McLaren has chosen dance over animation as the more subtle vehicle for portraying human emotion. The dancers are principals from the Martha Graham Dance Company, the Cleveland Ballet, and Les Grands Ballets Canadians.

See also...

THE BEST OF NORMAN McCLAREN

Canada
Premiered at Cannes Film Festival, The Best of Norman McLaren contains 11 of McLaren's most impressive, short, animated films - carefully restored by the National Film Board of Canada and transferred… More »

Pen Point Percussion

Canada, 1951
A short account of the work of Norman McLaren and some of his unusual techniques. ... More »

A Phantasy

Canada, 1952
A surrealistic abstract with an unusual sound track consisting of synthetic sound in conjunction with music for saxophone. ... More »

Neighbours

Canada
A parable in which McLaren uses people and natural backgrounds, as well as a few drawn ones, for the first time. Sound is drawn direct on to the film. ... More »

Boogie Doodle

Canada, 1948
One of the earlier of the McLaren experimental films. An abstract film, made without the use of a camera, in which "boogie" played by Albert Amnions and "doodle*' drawn by Norman McLaren combine to m… More »

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