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Canon (1964)

| Animation, Short
Perhaps the only film whose content is totally based on the musical form known as canon. The first sequence is a simple demonstration of the canon "Frere Jacques" where four cubes dance and... See full summary »

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Norman McLaren (as McLaren & Munro), Grant Munro (as McLaren & Munro)
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Perhaps the only film whose content is totally based on the musical form known as canon. The first sequence is a simple demonstration of the canon "Frere Jacques" where four cubes dance and combine with one another on a checkerboard. The second sequence show four little human-like figures dancing in space. The third and most elaborate sequence shows a human going through several strange gesticulations. Through multiple printing we realize that the man, as in the previous sequences, is part of a visual canon and is making the gestures to himself. As we hear variations on the canonic theme so too do we witness visual variations: a woman and cat enters the canon. To show the musical technique of inversion, the image of the man is printed upside down. Written by Bob Kosovsky <bkosovsky@nypl.org>

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Country:

Canada

Language:

English

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Mono

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Color
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Music teachers will no doubt adore this film...
22 December 2008 | by MartinHaferSee all my reviews

...though I am not sure how much others will appreciate the great way that this film illustrates a musical concept without using any words. A canon or a 'round' is a very simple musical style where once a person or group begins singing, soon after another group or person begins the song. This can be repeated many, many times and one of the most common examples in the United States is the old song "Row, Row, Row Your Boat"--which is commonly done in this style. Kids are often taught this type of singing in elementary schools but here with this short film a teacher can actually teach the concept without any words--just letting the stop-motion shapes or animals or creature illustrate visually a canon.

The film is excessively clever and well done. Non-musically inclined folks, however, may not appreciate or care.


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