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Begone Dull Care (1949)

Abstract images drawn directly onto the film are accompanied by three pieces of jazz performed by the Oscar Peterson trio.
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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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Animation | Short | Music

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Official Sites:

NFB [Canada] (French)

Country:

Canada

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None

Release Date:

July 1999 (Czech Republic) See more »

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A Phantasy in Colors See more »

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Mono

Color:

Color

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Directors Norman McLaren and Evelyn 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. Lambert 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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Remade as Begone Dull Care 2015 (2015) See more »

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Absolutely Stunning!!!
25 November 2002 | by SqurpleboySee all my reviews

A masterpiece of hand-drawn & experimental cinema! McLaren & Lambert pulled out all the stops for the wonderful viewing experience that would become BEGONE DULL CARE, a film made directly by hand through painting, etching, drawing, and pattern- rolling onto clear 35 mm film stock. The phantasmagoria of colours, patterns, images and surreal optical trickery of perceived depth of field are blended together PERFECTLY with the rollicking Jazz soundtrack provided by Canadian Jazz-pianist extraordinaire, Oscar Peterson, and his band. Although this style of animation has been attempted many times, by countless others, both before and since, NONE have come close to Norman McLaren & Evelyn Lambert's stunning accomplishment: BEGONE DULL CARE!

10/10. A resounding visual triumph.........and just so much fun to watch!


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