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Neighbours

1952
Voisins
8 min., b&w;, 16mm
multilingual
Director Norman McLaren
Producer Norman McLaren
Writer Norman McLaren
Cinematographer Wolf Koenig
Animation Norman McLaren
Sound Clarke Daprato
Music Norman McLaren
Principal Cast Jean-Paul LadouceurGrant Munro
Production Company National Film Board of Canada

Neighbours is Norman McLaren’s famous and, perhaps, most personal and powerful film. It uses a mixture of live characters, animation and special effects to tell the story of two neighbours who come to blows, and eventually kill each other (and one another's families), over the possession of a flower.

For some years, the NFB (with McLaren's concurrence) distributed a version of the film that omitted two nonconsecutive shots of a violent at­tack on the wife and child. The original version was reinstated in 1969 and is now the only one in distribution.

Neighbours won an Oscar and a Canadian Film Award, among other prizes.


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