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Pas de deux (released as Duo in the United States) is a 1968 short dance film by Norman McLaren, produced by the National Film Board of Canada.

Pas de deux
Directed byNorman McLaren
StarringMargaret Mercier
Vincent Warren
CinematographyJacques Fogel
Distributed byNational Film Board of Canada (NFB)
Release date
Running time
13 minutes

The film was photographed on high contrast stock, with optical, step-and-repeat printing, for a sensuous and almost stroboscopic appearance. It shows a ballerina (Margaret Mercier) dancing by herself (or rather, with images of herself), before being joined by a male dancer (Vincent Warren), to perform the pas de deux of the title,[1] as choreographed by Ludmilla Chiriaeff.

The film is choreographed to Romanian pan pipe music.[2]


Pas de deux received 17 awards, including the 1969 BAFTA Award for Best Animated Film and an Academy Award nomination, as Duo.[1][3][4]


  1. ^ a b Alain, Dubeau (2001). Guide to the Cinema(s) of Canada. Greenwood Press. p. 168. ISBN 978-0-313-29931-5.
  2. ^ Melnyk, George (2004). One Hundred Years of Canadian Cinema. University of Toronto Press. p. 72. ISBN 978-0-8020-8444-6.
  3. ^ "DUO". Academy Awards Database. Retrieved 19 January 2015.
  4. ^ Bafta Home - The BAFTA site

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