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


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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