Short and Suite (1959)

Short and Suite (1959)
Article 5991 by Dave Sindelar
Date: 7-12-2021
Directed by Norman McLaren
No cast
Country: Canada
What it is: Abstract animation to jazz music

Here’s another foray into abstract animation from Canada’s master of the form, Norman McLaren. The abstractness dominates here, though it does pop into the representational for fleeting moments, usually just long enough for the viewer to recognize it as such before it runs back into abstraction. If there’s any plot here, it’s due to individual interpretation; I like to see it as a dance between abstract figures. This one is solid, but I don’t think it’s my favorite from McLaren’s oeuvre.


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