245. Begone Dull Care – Norman McLaren, Evelyn Lambert

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SUMMARY: Abstract images set to three jazz pieces by Oscar Peterson.

WHY IT’S HERE: By the time of ‘Begone Dull Care’ Norman McLaren had established himself as an abstract animator worthy of being mentioned alongside the great pioneers who inspired him. With ‘Begone Dull Care’, McLaren and Canadian animator Evelyn Lambert made an abstract masterpiece which does as great a job as I’ve ever seen of capturing pieces of music visually. Painting, drawing, etching and scratching directly onto film stock, McLaren and Lambert created something akin to synaesthesia captured on screen and this 8 minute film remains a jaw-dropping experience, expanding on the likably lively ‘Boogie-Doodle’s immaculate synchronisation to create an animated film for the ages.

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