Saturday, December 1, 2012

395. Heaven and Earth Magic (1962)

Running Time: 66 minutes
Directed By: Harry Smith


Realizing that I was quickly approaching the end of my journey, this season I took an interest in some of the movies that, after watching half of them, I still wasn't able to find. I scoured YouTube and other video hosting sites, hoping to find intact versions of some of the more rare films from THE BOOK and watch them before they were removed. Certain titles that fall under this category, that I watched this season, include: "Deseret", "Report", "Vinyl", "Celine and Julie Go Boating", "The Man in Grey", "Deewaar", "Ceddo", "Blonde Cobra" and a few others. "Heaven and Earth Magic" also falls under this category, as it is a movie that, except for YouTube, I wasn't able to find anywhere else.

The film was made between the years of 1957 and 1962, as Harry Smith used cutout, animated photographs to put together a sixty-six minute picture. I'm not even going to try and relay the plot, because, as far as I'm concerned, this film doesn't have one. I tried hard to let the odd mixture of images lull me into their embraces, but it didn't work and thus, I was more annoyed with "Heaven and Earth Magic" than I was with "Sans Soleil". I'm a plot and actors man - that's what I grew up on, that's what I like. Give me something I can invest my time into and not something that I have to try and make heads or tails of. I didn't even try to make heads or tails of "Heaven and Earth Magic", I just let it play.

RATING: 1/10  Make that four '1' ratings. There's no use drawing this review out...I didn't like it and no amount of writing is going to change that.


December 1, 2012  1:51pm


  1. We may sometimes disagree on short films and/or experimental, but this one.. no, I'm with you. A bunch of drunk/ stoned kids playing around with a home mivie camera was all i saw in this.
    It wasn't even all that short.

  2. Oh my goodness, THIS ONE! And you're right, at over sixty minutes this wasn't a short in my book and oh, it felt like an eternity.


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