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In this short film by Norman McLaren, dancers enact the Greek tragedy of Narcissus, the beautiful youth whose excessive self-love condemned him to a trapped existence. Skillfully merging film, dance and music, the film is a compendium of the techniques McLaren acquired over a lifetime of experimentation.

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Narcissus, Norman McLaren, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • director
    Norman McLaren
  • producer
    David Verrall
  • executive producer
    Derek Lamb
    Douglas MacDonald
  • cinematography
    David De Volpi
  • optical camera
    Jimmy Chin
  • sound
    Louis Hone
  • re-recording
    Jean-Pierre Joutel
  • choreography
    Fernand Nault
  • music
    Maurice Blackburn

  • HybridBoy

    One of my favorite movie from McLaren! <3 Love the music, the choreography, the theme, the actors...

    HybridBoy, 21 Aug 2014
  • VLoewen

    Well done! Beautiful, thoughtful, sensitive, with a poignant, tragic message at the end.

    VLoewen, 17 Apr 2012