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Serenal

Canada, 1959 (MIFF 1960, Programme 20)

Director: Norman McLaren

Norman McLaren salutes the West Indies, etching and painting the spirit of fiesta - fireworks and all - in response to an Island tune.

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Short and Suite

The film is an expression of a mood, a heady recollection of an evening on the town rendered in rhythmic flights of light and colour. The alternation of the music's mood - gay or sad - is echoed by ... More »

Pas de deux

Two of Canada's leading ballet dancers, Margaret Mercier and Vincent Warren, are clad in white and their pas de deux filmed against a black stage. For his 48th experimental film, Norman McLaren plays ... 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 »

Isle of the Dead

The spectral island wakes to mysterious life, flickers in a corpse &ndash: candle light and fades again into the dark. ... More »

Spheres

Norman McLaren continues his investigations into the possibilities of animated film with his latest film. Spheres, his first film since Pas de deux, is set to music of Bach fugues. The illusion of ... More »

Neighbours

A parable in which McLaren uses people and natural backgrounds, as well as a few drawn ones, for the first time. Sound is drawn direct on to the film. ... More »

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