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The NFB and Jazz (Ages 12-14)

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This playlist features jazz music that's sure to get you moving... or at least tapping your feet! It makes for an excellent introduction to this genre of music and opens the door to conversations about its origin and historical significance. Pour visionner cette sélection en français, cliquez ici. Films in This Playlist Include Begone Dull Care Walking Street Musique Boogie Doodle Juke Bar Runaway Hen Hop Le Merle Toronto Jazz Oscar Short and Suite Show Girls Liberty Street Blues

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The NFB and Jazz (Ages 12-14)

This playlist features jazz music that's sure to get you moving... or at least tapping your feet! It makes for an excellent introduction to this genre of music and opens the door to conversations about its origin and historical significance.

Pour visionner cette sélection en français, cliquez ici.

Films in This Playlist Include
Begone Dull Care
Walking
Street Musique
Boogie Doodle
Juke Bar
Runaway
Hen Hop
Le Merle
Toronto Jazz
Oscar
Short and Suite
Show Girls
Liberty Street Blues

Playlist

  • Begone Dull Care
    In this extraordinary short animation, Evelyn Lambart and Norman McLaren painted colours, shapes, and transformations directly on to their filmstrip. The result is a vivid interpretation, in fluid lines and colour, of jazz music played by the Oscar Peterson Trio.
  • Walking
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  • Street Musique
    Animator Ryan Larkin does a visual improvisation to music performed by a popular group presented as sidewalk entertainers. His take-off point is the music, but his own beat is more boisterous than that of the musicians. The illustrations range from convoluted abstractions to caricatures of familiar rituals. Without words.
  • Boogie-Doodle
    In this short animation film, the "boogie" is played by Albert Ammons and the "doodle" is drawn by Norman McLaren. Made without the use of a camera, Boogie-Doodle is a rhythmic, brightly coloured film experiment.
  • Juke-Bar
    This animated short introduces a juke box into a greasy spoon diner overrun with cockroaches. The cockroaches get caught up in the music as their lives are transformed by the arrival of this new machine. But the restaurant's owner has a plan: will he be able to outsmart his uninvited guests?
  • Runaway
    Cordell Barker, director of the Oscar®-nominated films The Cat Came Back , Strange Invaders, is back with Runaway. Set to the rousing music of Ben Charest (Triplets of Belleville), this animated short takes you on a journey that is both funny and disastrous.
  • Hen Hop
    This joyful short animation features a dancing hen that transforms into an egg. The film was made without a camera by Norman McLaren, who drew directly onto 35 mm movie stock with ordinary pen and ink. Colour was added optically.
  • Le merle
    In this animation film, Norman McLaren imparts unusual activity to an old French-Canadian nonsense song. Simple white cut-outs on pastel backgrounds, many by Evelyn Lambart, provide lively illustrations. The folksong "Mon Merle" is sung in French by the Trio Lyrique of Montreal.
  • Toronto Jazz
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  • Oscar
    Brilliantly mixing animated sequences and archival footage, Marie-Josée Saint-Pierre paints a touching portrait of virtuoso pianist Oscar Peterson. As with her previous films (McLaren’s Negative and Jutra), Saint-Pierre pursues her bold and personal approach with this animated documentary of Oscar Peterson at the twilight of an exceptional career, as he wistfully meditates on the price of fame and the impacts of the artist’s life on family life. From the young prodigy’s beginnings in Little Burgundy to his triumphs on the international stage alongside the biggest stars of his time, Oscar explores the profound solitude of an artist constantly on tour, and the difficulty in reconciling his professional success with his role as husband and father. Set to the tunes of Peterson’s sometimes catchy, sometimes melancholy-tinged compositions, the film alternates between animated sequences and footage of radio and video interviews to tell a heartfelt story about a life in jazz.
  • Short and Suite
    This short animation is a delightful colour cocktail by Norman McLaren and Evelyn Lambart. The various moods in music written for a jazz ensemble by Eldon Rathburn are translated into moving patterns of colour and light. This lively short is composed of images hand-scratched and hand-painted directly onto the film strip.
  • Show Girls
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  • Liberty Street Blues
    This feature documentary uses music to reveal the many faces of jazz, New Orleans style. Colourful and alive with music, the film captures the street life and traditions of this vibrant city and explores the roots of the music that springs from the soul of the African-American community.