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Pas de deux (1968)

Two ballet dancers perform a dance enhanced with surreal multi and after-image effect visuals.

Director:

Norman McLaren
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Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 4 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Margaret Mercier Margaret Mercier ... Dancer
Vincent Warren ... Dancer
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Two ballet dancers perform a dance enhanced with surreal multi and after-image effect visuals.

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Country:

Canada

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Release Date:

October 1968 (USA) See more »

Also Known As:

Duo See more »

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Mono
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a Canadian delight
11 January 2020 | by myriamlenysSee all my reviews

As far as I understand, the dancers were filmed in real time, with the resulting footage then painstakingly superimposed, layer after layer after layer, in order to create time-lapse effects. But this is as far as I get and I may be wrong even here - any attempt at technical description is far beyond my poor competence.

Happily one can admire this Canadian masterpiece even without much insight in its technical background.

In "Pas de deux", a male and a female dancer dance with each other - but they also dance as, and with, their past, present and future selves. Multiplied into near-infinity, they become much more than their present selves : they grow to include everything they were, everything they could have been, everything they are, everything they will or can be. They stretch and morph and extend ; they turn into towers of possibility ; they disappear into whirlpools of movement and light ; they become fire, flight, illusion rather than flesh, energy rather than matter.

A true masterpiece : an ode to the beauty of the human body, to the beauty of the ballet, to the beauty of movement.


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