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Although the film's main focus is on the Brion Gysin/Ian Sommerville Dreamachine, this is a documentary about the life and genius that was artist/writer/cultural engineer Brion Gysin. The film details Gysin's relationship with William S. Burroughs, a common bond between magicians that soon became the greatest literary friendship of the 20th century. Stemming from the European Dada movement of the early half of the twentieth century, Gysin and Burroughs developed a popularized literary method, known as the "cut-up technique" which later influenced a generation of inspiring artists. Together Gysin and Burroughs were cultural assassins; cultural engineers; artists before their time producing work which the world was not yet able to grasp. Unfortunately however, Gysin became a conjurer of his own words, living an impoverished life, swallowed up in his own spell. Fortunately for us, there are pieces of art such as this, dusting off shelved illuminations from forgotten morsels of human intelligence; illuminations from a forgotten personality and eclectic visionary, Brion Gysin.
Wow! This was interesting. I had never heard of the machine that provides a natural high - the dreamachine. It seems strange that it fell out of favour from its original rise in the sixties but perhaps narcotics were more appealing.
It is unfortunate that RT confuses this movie Flicker (2008) with Flicker (2009.) Flicker is a scary movie starring Katy Houska. Look it up anywhere but RT.
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