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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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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 »

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 »

Blinkety Blank

Arabesque-like images flash upon the screen, then suddenly disappear. An impression remains in the viewer's eye, like the burning of a bright light after it has been extinguished. A work of pure ... 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 »

Hen Hop

Geometric shapes build to the form of a hen. To the tune of old-time waltzes a hen, now a leghorn, then a Plymouth Rock, later a simple egg with feet, dances and reels. This McLaren-designed ... 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 »

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