26th Ji.hlava International Documentary Film Festival

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Neighbours
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Neighbours

Neighbours

director: Norman MacLaren
original title: Neighbours
country: Canada
year: 1952
running time: 9 min.

synopsis

What starts out as a cute, silent grotesque about two men resting in the garden of their cardboard houses quickly turns into a crude political commentary that draws attention to the cruelty and absurdity of war. The film's message is enhanced by a combination of animation and live action along with comical sound effects.

 

„I was inspired to make Neighbours by a stay of almost a year in the People's Republic of China. [...] I decided to make a really strong film about anti-militarism and against war.“ N. McLaren

biography

A Canadian of Scottish descent, Norman McLaren (1914–1987) became famous as an animator, director, and producer and was a member of the National Film Council of Canada. He experimented with animation, sound, and abstract cinematography. In 1953, he won the Academy Award for Best Documentary (Short Subject) for his film Neighbours.

more about film

director: Norman MacLaren
cast: Jean-Paul Ladouceur, Grant Munro
photography: Wolf Koenig
music: Norman McLaren
sound: Clarke Daprato
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