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This animated short by Norman McLaren and René Jodoin is a play on motion set against a background of multi-hued sky. Spheres of translucent pearl float weightlessly in the unlimited panorama of the sky, grouping, regrouping or colliding like the stylized burst of some atomic chain reaction. The dance is set to the musical cadences of Bach, played by pianist Glenn Gould.

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Spheres, Norman McLaren & René Jodoin, provided by the National Film Board of Canada

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  • director
    Norman McLaren
    René Jodoin
  • producer
    Norman McLaren
    René Jodoin
  • animation
    Norman McLaren
    René Jodoin
  • music
    Glenn Gould

  • John Weligon

    Gould and McLaren, can't imagine how blessed I am!

    John Weligon, 16 Apr 2019
  • sixam

    Wear your ear phones when watching this because you can faintly hear Glenn Gould humming as he plays.

    sixam, 15 Jul 2015
  • tjdix

    Spheres is a magical blend of motion and music, in a way which easily reveals the underlying harmony of all existence.

    tjdix, 10 May 2011
  • KathyMarch

    I am 48 years old and I remember Spheres from my childhood. Watching it again just sparked a reflection on how being exposed to this film at age 7 or 8 has influenced a present creative project I'm undertaking. An unexpected and different trip down one of memories lanes. Its cool being Canadian.

    KathyMarch, 9 Mar 2011

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