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Wed 7 Apr 2010, 6:00pm

Where: Downtown Cinemas, 70 Broadway Ave, Palmerston North

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

  • Yearly Membership Waged: $85.00
  • Yearly Membership Unwaged: $70.00
  • Triple Feature Card: $30.00
  • High School Student Yearly: $30.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Ross Stevenson

Directed by Norman McLaren
Canada 1939-1960 75mins

Note: One screening at 6pm in Cinema 3

We are privileged to have our first collection of Norman McLaren short films introduced by Dr Terence Dobson, the man who assembled the programme. He will also take questions after the screening.

Dr Dobson is a film historian who specialises in the history of film animation. He has taught Film Animation at the University of Canterbury since 2006. His conference presentations in the USA, Canada, Australia and New Zealand, and his publications which include his acclaimed book ‘The Film Work of Norman McLaren’, have established him as one of the world’s leading authorities on Norman McLaren, twentieth-century film’s great pioneer and innovator.

Norman McLaren is a leading pioneer in animation and experimental filmmaking, he is the most honoured, innovative and influential filmmaker in the history of Canadian cinema and one of the leading film artists of the twentieth century.

In a career spanning five decades, his playfully cerebral, stylistically adventurous and politically conscious films embraced a fusion of cinema, painting, music, dance, folk art and graphic design, while exploring the possibilities of film as art and art as film. Famous for experimenting with both the visual and aural possibilities of the moving image, McLaren’s films are marked by an internationalist social conscience, an insistence on exploring the malleability of the film form and a playful sense of humour. — Toronto International Film Festival

Some of the highlights in this evening’s programme are:

Stars and Stripes (1939) 2 mins; an experiment in film animation in which "stars" and "stripes" perform acrobatics to a sprightly march tune. The film was made without a camera, by McLaren drawing and colouring directly on film.

Hen Hop (1942) 4 mins; this joyful short animation features a dancing hen that transforms into an egg.

Begone Dull Care (1949) 8 mins; an extraordinary animation in which Evelyn Lambart and McLaren painted directly on film. The result is a vivid interpretation, in fluid lines and colour, of jazz music played by the Oscar Peterson Trio.

Chairy Tale (1957) 10 mins; In this Oscar-nominated short film, a chair, animated by Evelyn Lambart, refuses to be sat upon, forcing a young man to perform a sort of dance with the chair. The musical accompaniment is by Ravi Shankar and Chatur Lal.

Lines Horizontal (1962) 6 mins; Lines, ruled directly on film, move with precision and grace against a background of changing colours, in response to music specially composed for the films by American folk musician Pete Seeger.

Pas de deux (1968) 13 mins; a cinematic study of the choreography of ballet.

Neighbours (1952) 8 mins; Oscar-winning short film. McLaren employs the principles normally used to put drawings or puppets into motion to animate live actors. The story is a parable about two people who come to blows over the possession of a flower.

One screening at 6pm only at Downtown Cinemas in Cinema 3
Members only. Palmerston North Film Society Membership is available at the door before each screening and lasts for one full year.

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