The Drag

The Drag

| 8 min

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The NFB's 21st Oscar®-nominated film.

This colourful short animation traces the insecure protagonist's path to tobacco addiction after he discovers, as a teengaer, that smoking can make him "cool". His addiction follows him well into adulthood, until the scare of lung cancer forces him to face his demons. This funny yet cautionary tale is told by the protagonist as he sits on a psychiatrist's couch, his recollections amusingly illustrated in colourful vignettes of his past. Both entertaining and visually rich, the film is a deterrent against smoking drawn in typical '60s modernist/pop-art style.

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The Drag, Carlos Marchiori, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • direction
    Carlos Marchiori
  • design
    Carlos Marchiori
  • animation
    Carlos Marchiori
  • music
    Donald Douglas
  • camera
    Murray Fallen
  • sound editing
    Karl Duplessis
  • sound re-recording
    Ron Alexander
  • research
    Stanley Jackson
  • commentary
    Guy Glover
  • producer
    Wolf Koenig
    Robert Verrall

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