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Opening Speech

Canada, 1961 (MIFF 1989, National Film Board of Canada Tribute – Norman McLaren Programme)

Director: Norman McLaren

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 uses animation techniques to bring an object to lifc.with amusing consequences.

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