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Begone Dull Care

Directed by Evelyn Lambart and Norman McLaren
Canada, 1949 (animation / experimental, 8 minutes, colour)
Also known as "Caprice en couleurs"
Begone Dull Care
Image: © National Film Board of Canada
Video (National Film Board of Canada)

Film Description:
"A lively interpretation, in fluid lines and colour, of jazz music played by the Oscar Peterson Trio. Painting directly on film, two National Film Board artists, Evelyn Lambart and Norman McLaren, have created a whimsical visual expression of the music. Film without words."
-- National Film Board of Canada (source)

Film Credits (partial):
Produced by: Norman McLaren
Animation: Norman McLaren, Evelyn Lambart
Film Editing: Norman McLaren, Evelyn Lambart
Music: Oscar Peterson Trio
Production Company: National Film Board of Canada / Office national du film du Canada

Awards won by Begone Dull Care

Quote by the Director

"It [Begone Dull Care] was a film of accident, yes, of discovering the value of accidents. That's a very important thing in doing animation is to know the value of accidents and be alert to them, and see it [...] as a process of discovery. One of us would find something, and one of us would find something else, and there'd be mad excitement [...]. We went over to Woolworth's one day with a pair of calipers set to the width of a film, and we went around measuring all kinds of things on the counter that would make repeat patterns. The clerk in the store must have wondered who these funny people were, measuring the width of pieces of lace and..."
-- Evelyn Lambart (source)

Quote by the Director [in French]

"Les couleurs étaient appliquées en bandes, en taches, en trames, en utilisant n'importe quel matériel à portée de main, [..] en faisant courir un peigne à dents fines sur la teinte encore mouillée, on obtenait un résultat intéressant [...] tout matériel qui promettait des résultats intéressants étaient utilisés, sans que l'on s'occupe de sa finalité originale."
-- Evelyn Lambart (source)

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