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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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Complete credited cast:
Margaret Mercier Margaret Mercier ... Dancer
Vincent Warren 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 »

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Duo See more »

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Mono
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Created using an optical printer to reprint images from one frame onto another. See more »

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Featured in The Eye Hears, the Ear Sees (1970) See more »

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12 March 2008 | by Theo RobertsonSee all my reviews

I heard that Norman McLaren , the Scots born Canadian animator was a leading pioneer in his field and is famous the world over . Somewhat typically even a Scottish film buff like myself had little awareness of him until I chanced upon this musical short

PAS DA DEUX is a monochrome short featuring a pair of ballet dancers . Exactly , I was thinking the same " Oh a black and white film featuring a couple of dancers . Can things get anymore tedious . Wake me up when it's finished " but there's something rather hypnotic about the way the music and the choreography merge together . I'm also reliably informed that this was the very first time that " after image " had been achieved on film , something that became very popular years later in everything from DOCTOR WHO to MTV pop videos .

It seems somewhat bitterly unfair - though again typical - that everyone in the world is aware of BRAVEHEART , a Hollywood movie filmed in Ireland , starring an American brought up in Australia , but not even Scots are aware of their compatriot who made such an innovative and much copied visual technique


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