The Obedient flame

United Kingdom, 1939

Film
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Charming promotional film extolling the virtues of gas cooking through a series of simple animations. Gender stereotypes are anachronistic, but innocent rather than patronising - intended audience was contemperaneous “housewives”. McLaren’s animations employ an economical graphic style strongly influenced by the art deco and industrial aesthetics of the day - as always, stiking and appealing. The last film Norman McLaren made in the United Kingdom.

Credits

director

Norman McLaren

producer

John Grierson

production company

Science Film

Language

English

Duration

00:09:55:00

Colour

Black and White

ACMI Identifier

33494

Subject categories

Animation

Education, Instruction, Teaching & Schools → Gas - Heating and cooking

Food, Health, Lifestyle, Medicine, Psychology & Safety → Gas - Heating and cooking

Mathematics, Science & Technology → Gas - Heating and cooking

Short films

Short films → Short films - Great Britain

Sound/audio

Sound

Holdings

16mm film; Access Print (Section 1)

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