Fiddle-de-dee (1947)

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A film made without a camera, made by painting directly on the film.


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A film fantasy of dancing music and dancing color. Listen to the Mocking Bird played by an oldtime fiddler, brilliant patterns ripple, flow, flicker and blend. A Norman McLaren painting on film, translates sound into sight. Written by Anonymous

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Listen to the Mocking Bird
Lyrics by Septimus Winner and music by Richard Milburn
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Let's play with colors and shapes!
18 December 2004 | by (Toronto, Canada) – See all my reviews

Experimental animated short by Norm McLaren. For 3 minutes, you have abstract forms going through the screen at high speed. Bright colors, shapes, all in accord with the fiddler's piece. All of that is somehow obnubilating. A lot of questions pop up in your head while watching, just like when you come across a strange abstract painting in a museum. At 3 minutes lenght, just experiment it for yourself. I guess it was interesting that much color on a big screen in 1947.

Seen at the Médiathèque of the National Film Board, in Toronto, on December 17th, 2004. I gave it 75 out of 100. That's good for **½ out of ****.

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