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National Film Board of Canada Tribute – Norman McLaren Programme

A Chairy Tale (Norman McLaren, 1957)
McLaren used pixillation techniques in this comedic duel between a young boy and a kitchen chair. ... Read more

Blinkety Blank (Norman McLaren, 1955)
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 imag… Read more

Canon (Norman McLaren, 1963)
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 c… Read more

Hen Hop (Norman McLaren, 1942)
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 animatio… Read more

Lines Vertical/Lines Horizontal (Norman McLaren, Evelyn Lambart, 1960)
An abstract film by McLaren and Evelyn Lambart in which a sheaf of lines gyrates, groups and re-groups in harmony to music. The musical accompaniment to Lines Vertical was composed and played by Maur… Read more

Mail Early (Norman McLaren, 1941)
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. ... Read more

Neighbours (Norman McLaren, 1952)
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 flo… Read more

Opening Speech (Norman McLaren, 1961)
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 use… Read more

Pas De Deux (Norman McLaren, 1968)
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. … Read more

V For Victory (Norman McLaren, 1941)
A 'film poster' publicising a wartime government bond campaign, using the technique of drawing with pen and ink directly on 35mm film. ... Read more

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