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Neighbours

Canada, 1952 (MIFF 1989, National Film Board of Canada Tribute – Norman McLaren Programme)

Director: Norman McLaren

Possibly McLaren's best known film, it is a film without words to show the futility of violence for settling quarrels. This Cold War parable depicts two neighbours who tolerate each other until a flower emerges on the border between their properties.

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A Chairy Tale

McLaren used pixillation techniques in this comedic duel between a young boy and a kitchen chair. ... More »

V For Victory

A 'film poster' publicising a wartime government bond campaign, using the technique of drawing with pen and ink directly on 35mm film. ... More »

Opening Speech

McLaren appears on a stage but cannot make his planned speech on account of a feisty, bad-tempered microphone that finally has him chasing it around the stage. Befitting a cartoon sketch, McLaren ... More »

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 »

Pas De Deux

McLaren employed a multi-image technique to film two ballet performets in this study in the grace of dance. It was filmed against a black backdrop with rear lighting oudining the white-clad dancers ... More »

Canon

In the canon a melody begun by one voice or instrument is echoed by another, beginning one beat or several measures later than the one before. In this film, McLaren illustrates the principle of the ... More »

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