Abstract images drawn directly onto the film are accompanied by three pieces of jazz performed by the Oscar Peterson trio.
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From the opening credits: "An experimental film (...) made without camera, by drawing directly upon 35 mm film with an ordinary pen and ink." Various abstract shapes interact and transform into one another.

Director: Norman McLaren
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An experimental film, consisting of abstract shapes and colors shifting to the rhythm and variations in the music. This short was made by painting directly onto a film strip. Written by kemie

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July 1999 (Czech Republic)  »

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A Phantasy in Colors  »

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McLaren and Lambert hung some of the film to dry in windows of their work space in Montreal. Because of the pollution, dirt ended up drying onto the film as well. Lanbert suggested projecting the film to see what it looked like. They ended up using this "dirty film" in parts of the finished work. See more »

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Begone Dull Care showcases Oscar Peterson jazz over images by Norman McLaren and Evelyn Lambart
29 December 2007 | by (Baton Rouge, LA) – See all my reviews

With the recent death of jazz great Oscar Peterson, Amid at Cartoon Brew showed his tribute by linking from YouTube two animated shorts scored by him. One was directed by John Hubley. This one, Begone Dull Care, was done by Norman McLaren and Evelyn Lambart with the abstract paint done directly on film. Peterson provides three jazz pieces with the second one just played to white lines on black background and the other two mixed with that and various other colors, mostly red. Wonderful Jackson Pollock-like images that might have inspired many a trip during the '60s! What a great tribute to a recently departed music genius from Canada.


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