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Wed 5 May 2010, 5:30pm
Wed 5 May 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
  • Triple Feature Card: $30.00
  • High School Student Yearly: $30.00
  • Additional fees may apply

Listed by: Ross Stevenson

Directed by Norman McLaren
Canada 1936-1983 84mins
May 5th

The final of our McLaren programmes focuses on movement, music and conflict. The fourteen films range from the 1936 Hell UnLtd where he uses puppets, diagrams, animation and live-action to present an anti-war message for use by peace organisations to 1983’s balletic interpretation of a Greek myth in Narcissus.

Spheres (1969) 7 mins
A play on motion, against a background of multi-hued sky, by McLaren and René Jodoin. Spheres of translucent pearl seem to float weightlessly in the unlimited panorama of the sky, grouping, regrouping, and at times colliding like some stylized burst of an atomic chain reaction. This airy dance is set to the musical cadences of Bach, played by pianist Glenn Gould.
Narcissus (1983) 22 mins
McLaren's balletic interpretation of the Greek myth has dancers enact the tragedy of the beautiful youth who condemns himself to a trapped existence through excessive self-love. Visually stunning, the film is a compendium of McLaren techniques developed over a lifetime of experimentation. Film, dance and music are skilfully merged to celebrate the ancient myth and its timeless significance.
Mail Early for Christmas (1959) 1 min
In this pre-Christmas reminder to mail early, McLaren used an electric vibra-drill to engrave the images on black film, and included the occasional "subliminal" burst of lettering, which he hand-scratched on a few frames.
Canon (1964) 9 mins
In its simplest form the canon is a musical "round," in which each singer picks up the words and tune a beat or so after the preceding singer. In this film McLaren and Grant Munro demonstrate, by animation and live action, how a canon works.
Dots (1940) 2 mins
An experimental film in which both sound and visuals were created entirely by McLaren drawing directly upon the film with ordinary pen and ink.
Hell UnLtd (1936) 19 mins
McLaren uses puppets, diagrams, animation and live-action to present an anti-war message for use by peace organizations.
Keep Your Mouth Shut (1944) 2 mins
As part of a wartime anti-gossip campaign, McLaren animates a human skull to relay an ironic message.
V for Victory (1941) 2 mins
McLaren draws symbols, a stick man, and lettering directly on clear 35 mm film stock to synchronize with a brass band rendition of Sousa's march “The Thunderer”.
Other films include: Blurr Test (1956-57) 11 mins, Hypnosis (1960s) 1 min, Le Merle Rehearses (late 1950s) 3 mins, Head Test (1944) 3 mins, Snakes (c.1943) 1 min, The Wook (1944) 1 min.

Screenings are 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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