The year 2014 marks the centennial of the birth of Norman McLaren, the inspired explorer of the uncharted territories of cinema and an adventurer in the most stunning visual and sonic landscapes. Surprising, stimulating, inventive and rich in processes, techniques and experimentation, McLaren’s work has left a lasting mark on the history of cinema and inspired filmmakers around the world. Born in Stirling, Scotland, McLaren emigrated to Canada, where, at the National Film Board (NFB), he found an environment conducive to the making of his masterpieces, including Caprice en couleurs, Neighbours, Blinkity Blank, Le Merle and Pas de deux.
To kick off this anniversary, the NFB and the Festival International du Film d’Animation d’Annecy invite us to discover the McLaren aujourd’hui programme featuring McLaren’s emblematic films and films that celebrate the legacy and influence of his oeuvre.
From Canada to the United States, from Austria to France, from the Netherlands to the United Kingdom, McLaren’s heirs are legion. They include Paul Bush, Oerd van Cuijlenborg, Jean-Louis Bompoint, Marie-Josée St-Pierre and Richard Reeves.