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Blinkity Blank is a 1955 animated short film by Norman McLaren, engraved directly onto black film leader, Blinkity Blank features a soundtrack combining improvisational jazz from composer Maurice Blackburn along with graphical sounds created by McLaren scratching onto the film's optical soundtrack.[1] Blinkity Blank features lines, dots and other abstract forms, along with fruits, trees, planets and chickens—the latter featured at length in another McLaren hand-drawn film Hen Hop—which blink in and out of existence, or merge with or modulate other shapes. McLaren also left some frames blank, which he described as “sprinkling on the empty band of time”.[2] It received the Short Film Palme d'Or
Short Film Palme d'Or
at the 1955 Cannes Film Festival,[3] the first prize for Best Animated Film at the BAFTA Awards as well as a Silver Bear
Silver Bear
at the Berlin International Film Festival. Blinkity Blank was produced by the National Film Board of Canada.[4] References[edit]

^ Rist, Peter (2001). Guide to the Cinema(s) of Canada. Greenwood Publishing. p. 18. ISBN 0-313-29931-5.  ^ Schaffer, Bill (2005). "The Riddle of the Chicken: The Work of Norman McLaren". Senses of Cinema (35). Retrieved 16 March 2011.  ^ "Festival de Cannes: Blinkity Blank". festival-cannes.com. Retrieved 2011-03-14.  ^ "Blinkity Blank". Collection. National Film Board of Canada. Retrieved 7 October 2010. 

External links[edit]

Watch Blinkity Blank at NFB.ca

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Norman McLaren

Films

Boogie-Doodle (1940) Hen Hop (1942) Begone Dull Care (1949) Neighbours (1952) Blinkity Blank (1955) Rythmetic (1956) A Chairy Tale (1957) Christmas Cracker (1963) Canon (1964) Pas de deux (1968) Synchromy (1971) Narcissus (1983)

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1950s

White Mane
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Albert Lamorisse
Albert Lamorisse
(1953) Blinkity Blank Norman McLaren
Norman McLaren
(1955) The Red Balloon
The Red Balloon
Albert Lamorisse
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(1956) Courte Histoire – Ion Popescu-Gopo
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(1957) N.Y., N.Y.
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Francis Thompson
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(1959) Zmiana warty – Halina Bielinska and Wlodzimierz Haupe (1959)

1960s

La Petite cuillère – Carlos Vilardebo (1961) La Rivière du hibou – Robert Enrico (1961) À fleur d'eau – Alexander J. Seiler and Rob Gnant (1963) Le Haricot – Edmond Séchan (1963) Nyitany – János Vadász (1965) Skaterdater Noel Black (1966) Sky Over Holland – John Fernhout (1967) Cîntecele Renasterii – Mirel Iliesiu (1969)

1970s

Magic Machines – Bob Curtis (1970) Le Fusil à lunette – Jean Chapot (1972) Balablok Bretislav Pojar
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(1973) Ostrov – Fedor Khitrouk, Edouard Nazarov and Vladimir Zouïkov (1974) Lautrec
Lautrec
– Geoff Dunbar (1975) Metamorphosis
Metamorphosis
Barry Greenwald (1976) The Struggle – Marcell Jankovics
Marcell Jankovics
(1977) Rowing Across the Atlantic Jean-François Laguionie
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(1978) Harpya
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Raoul Servais
Raoul Servais
(1979)

1980s

Seaside Woman
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– Oscar Grillo (1980) Moto perpetuo
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– Béla Vajda (1981) Merlin ou le cours de l'or – Arthur Joffé (1982) Je sais que j'ai tort mais demandez à mes copains ils disent la même chose – Pierre Levy
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(1983) Le Cheval de fer – Gérald Frydman and Pierre Levie (1984) Chiri
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– David Takaichvili (1984) Jenitba – Slav Bakalov and Rumen Petkov (1985) An Exercise in Discipline - Peel – Jane Campion
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(1986) Palisade
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– Laurie McInnes (1987) Vykrutasy
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Garry Bardin
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(1988) 50 ans Gilles Carle (1989)

1990s

The Lunch Date – Adam Davidson (1990) Z podniesionymi rekami – Mitko Panov (1991) Omnibus – Sam Karmann (1992) Coffee and Cigarettes (Somewhere in California)
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– Jim Jarmusch (1993) El Héroe– Carlos Carrera
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(1994) Gagarin– Alexij Kharitidi (1995) Szél– Marcell Iványi (1996) ...Is It the Design on the Wrapper? – Tessa Sheridan (1997) L'Interview – Xavier Giannoli
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(1998) When the Day Breaks Wendy Tilby and Amanda Forbis (1999)

2000s

Anino – Raymond Red (2000) Bean Cake – David Greenspan (2001) Eso utan – Péter Mészáros (2002) Cracker Bag – Glendyn Ivin (2003) Trafic – Catalin Mitulescu (2004) Podorozhni – Igor Strembitsky (2005) Sniffer – Bobbie Peers (2006) Ver Llover Elisa Miller (2007) Megatron
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– Marian Crisan (2008) Arena
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João Salaviza (2009)

2010s

Chienne d'histoire – Serge Avedikian
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(2010) Cross
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– Maryna Vroda (2011) Sessiz-Be Deng – Rezan Yeşilbaş (2012) Safe
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– Byoung-gon Moon (2013) Leidi Simón Mesa Soto (2014) Waves '98 Ely Dagher
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(2015) A Gentle Night
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- Qiu Yang (2017)

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