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Pas De Deux

Canada, 1968 (MIFF 1989, National Film Board of Canada Tribute – Norman McLaren Programme)

Director: Norman McLaren

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. McLaren then exposed individual frames up to 11 times to create the multi-image effect.

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