75 Years A HISTORY of looking forward

NFB moment of the week

Who composed over 150 scores in 40 years at the NFB?

Maurice Blackburn (1914-1988)

Talk about a prolific career! Discover this revered Canadian composer’s work in 30 Minutes, Mister Plummer, a portrait of iconic actor Christopher Plummer backstage as he prepares for his role as Cyrano de Bergerac.

Then, check out Norman McLaren’s Pas de deux, a hypnotic meditation on ballet and bodily movement set to another original and mesmerizing Blackburn score.

May 22, 2014 will mark the 100th anniversary of the birth of Maurice Blackburn.

In his over 40-year career at the NFB, this extraordinary artist composed the music for over 150 films, including Narcissus and A Chairy Tale by Norman McLaren, Alexis Tremblay: Habitant, Balablok, E, Allan Wargon’s Lismer, the extensive Canada at War series, Windbreaks on the Prairies, and many of the works of NFB producer Anne Claire Poirier.

Learn more about Maurice Blackburn’s life and work from musicologist and Blackburn biographer Louise Cloutier.

Don’t forget to check back here every Monday for a brand new NFB Moment of the week, in which we’ll feature one of our many iconic films from the past 75 years.

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Beginning May 2, 2014, the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) marks 75 years of innovation and leadership in social-issue documentaries, auteur animation, and most recently, groundbreaking interactive works. The NFB has produced over 13,000 productions and won over 5,000 awards, including 8 Webbys, 9 Canadian Screen Awards, 12 Oscars and more than 90 Genies. To access acclaimed NFB content, visit NFB.ca or download its apps for smartphones, tablets and connected TV.