Begone, Dull Care (1949)

14 Dec
Director   Norman McLaren and Evelyn Lambert
Producer   National Film Board of Canada
Contributors   Music by the Oscar Peterson Trio
Length   9 min
B&W/Color   color
UO Library Catalog description:  A phantasmagoria of images that interpret the jazz music played by the Oscar Peterson Trio. In each of three movements, ragtime, blues, and boogie-woogie, an unending variety of colors, forms, figures, and lines dance to the music.
Call # FILM Ma82
Genre  experimental
Rare  no
Online  yes; YouTube
Copyright status  protected
Physical condition  fair
Oregon-related  no

Notes:

As with most NFBC films, the DVD rights are still active. French title, Caprice En Couleurs. An elegant and mysteriously pleasant abstract animation made by painting directly onto 35mm film – sort of the proto-proto-prototype to Windows Media Visualizer, but a lot more labor-intensive. Really a beautiful synesthetic object. Happily, the UO library owns it on DVD as part of a compilation, and it is well-anthologized as well.

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