STK-ID 76505

00K7425.000 Final mix on 16mm mag of the mock-up version of Narcissus shot by McLaren with Vincent Warren early 1970s. The sound is Roumanian folk music, primarily with pan pipes. McLaren had wanted to use the same sort of music, therefore, that he had used for Pas de deux. But he was persuaded against this, primarily by Guy Glover, on the grounds that McLaren would be repeating himself and that the music was, perhaps, too romantic and soulful for the theme. I (Don McWilliams) seconded Guy, yet in hindsight, the mood was much closer to what we wanted than the final score. But I remember that, at the time, we wanted something contemporary and Canadian – we had discussions with Bruce Mather and Murray Schafer and one or two others. But, ultimately, Norman thought it appropriate for his last film to be scored by Maurice Blackburn.


Excerpt from
Norman McLaren's Archives and Personal Files
McLaren Collection
Available formats
Reel 16 mm
Shooting format
16mm sync magnetic sound
Aspect ratio