Opus 1

Opus 1
Pierre Hébert
4'00'' · scratch · cameraless · colour
1964 | Montréal·QC, Canada
Punto y Raya Festival 2007


This delicious film was realised independently one year before he joined the NFB. The soundtrack features an improvisation with friends, slightly reorganized using the same source material when the film was remastered for the 3·DVD set that NFB will soon release with the best of Hébert’s work.

Pierre Hébert
Pierre Hébert

1944 | Montréal·QC, Canada

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Pierre Hébert was studying anthropology when he began to draw and scratch home·made films directly on to celluloid.
He joined NFB in 1965, where he made "Op Hop - Hop Op" and "Opus 3" among others.
The second, more political period of his career was inspired by years of activism and close study of the works of Marx and Brecht.
His third period is characterized by a multidisciplinary approach, collaborating with improvisational musicians which encouraged him to attempt scratching film live. In 1999 he left the NFB and continued to pursue his career exploring the new possibilities offered by computerization.

Lives in Montréal·QC, Canada.   +info