Friday, 22 January 2010


Yes - that's the National Film Board of Canada to you and me!

As a kid the BBC used to fill gaps in programming with short films from the NFB of Canada and Czech/eastern block animations which were usually much better than the scheduled programs!

The NFB has been putting their archive on the web and it has some fantastic stuf, including this gem by Arthur Lipsett in 1963 called 21-87.

21-87 by Arthur Lipsett

Arthur Lipsett and his experimental 21-87, a collage of seemingly unrelated snippets of film that offered a wry commentary on the machine age, would inspire young filmmakers of an entire generation. George Lucas would be so impressed with Lipsett and this film that he would refer to the film’s title in the first Star Wars film (It is Princess Leia’s prison cell number)!

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