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The Innovator


Wed 21 Apr 2010, 5:30pm
Wed 21 Apr 2010, 8:00pm

Where: Downtown Cinemas, 70 Broadway Ave, Palmerston North

Restrictions: All Ages

Ticket Information:

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

Listed by: Ross Stevenson

The Innovator
Directed by Norman McLaren
Canada 1941-2004 75mins

Note: The AGM will take place at 5.30pm.

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. — Toronto International Film Festival

Some of the highlights in this evening’s programme are:
Mail Early (1941) 2 mins; McLaren's first film for the NFB was this publicity clip for Canada Post. Non-abstract symbols drawn with pen on clear 35 mm stock were superimposed on a photographed painted background. Benny Goodman's rendition of “Jingle Bells” provided the sound.

Fiddle-de-dee (1947) 3 mins; A film fantasy of dancing music and dancing colour. To "Listen to the Mocking Bird" played by an old-time fiddler, brilliant patterns ripple, flow, flicker and blend. McLaren, painting on film, translates sound into sight.

La Poulette grise (1947) 6 mins; A lullaby on film about the little grey hen who nests in the church, the little brown hen who nests in the moon, and others. Photographed from pastel drawings, the transient images express the dreamy mood of this old French song.

Rythmetic (1956) 9 mins; this film by McLaren and Evelyn Lambart that endows arithmetic with lively humour. The screen becomes a numerical free-for-all as digits meet in playful encounter, add and subtract, jostle, attack, and elude one another.

Lines Vertical (1960) 6 mins; an experiment in pure design by McLaren and Evelyn Lambart. Lines, ruled directly on film, move with precision and grace against a background of changing colours, in response to music specially composed for the film by composer Maurice Blackburn.

Mosiac (1965) 5 mins; A picture of unusual movement, colour and sound, created in an unusual way. It is an example of "op" art in film, a play on the retina of the eye. The basis of the film is a single tiny square that divides, eventually forming a colourful mosaic to the animators' musical orchestration.

Other films include: Tanguy Landscape Test (1944) 1 min; Pas de deux Tests (1968) 16 mins; Narcissis [Blur] Test (1973-75) 2 mins; The Corridor (1950s) 1 min; Dans un petit bois (c.1943) 2 mins; The Flicker Film (1961) 4 mins; Test B for “Sychromy” (late 1960s) 3 mins; The Making of Mosiac (2004) 1 min.

Screenings at 5.30pm and 8pm at Downtown Cinemas
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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