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The Paradox of Norval Morrisseau ONF/NFB


Catalogue Number:  NFB526676
Producer:  National Film Board Of Canada
Directors:  Duke Redbird, Henning Jacobsen
Producing Agencies:  Henning Jacobsen Productions Limited (Ottawa),Henning Jacobsen Productions Limited (Toronto)
Subject:  Architecture, Arts, Documentary, Family Studies/Home Economics, First Nations Studies, Indigenous Peoples, Media and Communications
Language:  English
Grade Level:  Post Secondary
Country Of Origin:  Canada
Copyright Year:  1974
Running Time:  28


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In this revealing study of Norval Morrisseau, filmed as he works among the lakes and woodlands of his ancestors, we see a remarkable Anishinaabe artist who emerged from a life of obscurity in the North American bush to become one of Canada's most renowned painters. Morrisseau the man is much like his paintings: vital and passionate, torn between his Ojibway heritage and the influences of the white man's world. Jack Pollock, the Toronto art gallery owner who discovered Morrisseau's paintings in the early 1960s, comments on what makes them so unique.



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