Heaven and Earth Magic (1962)

Dir. Harry Smith

Maybe Penny and Kevin would have a chance of liking this. Don, Jill, Joel, John and Marc should definitely not watch this. This is a 1001 film. I really don’t understand the film at all. Based on that, I would say belong on the list.

From what I know, Smith is a experimental musician (I think he made his own instruments.) and filmmaker. This is a black and white, paper cut out animation film, which looks very similar to Terry Gilliam’s work for Python, complete with the 1920’s drawing style. The film is highly symbolic and surreal.

On a purely visual level, I didn’t find the film very interesting or compelling. On an intellectual level, I have no interpretation to give meaning to this film. It would be interesting to hear interpretations that shed light on the meaning of the film.

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