Heaven and Earth Magic

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"Heaven and Earth Magic" (also called "Number 12, The Magic Feature," or "Heaven and Earth Magic Feature") is an American avant garde feature film. It was originally released in 1957 but was re-edited several times with the final version being released in 1962. The film primarily uses cut-out-animated photographs. The first part depicts the heroine's toothache consequent to the loss of a very valuable watermelon, her dentistry and transportation to heaven. Next follows an elaborate exposition of the heavenly land, in terms of Israel and Montreal. The second part depicts the return to Earth from being eaten by Max Müller on the day Edward VII dedicated the Great Sewer of London.


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"Heaven and Earth Magic" is a mere 66 minutes, but it seems like 66 hours. Fans of Terry Gilliam's cut-and-paste animation will be curious about this strange, symbolic Harry Smith film, but they're bound to be disappointed. Start with its stilted motion and dull, black-and-white, two-dimensional imagery (the action is shot against a dark background and feels almost like a photogram). Add a non-existent plot -- it apparently involves, um, chasing after an escaped watermelon? -- and an irritating soundtrack full of animal noises, crowd murmurs and sloshing water. No dialogue at all. Yes, this is a grim labor to grind through. Recurring visual elements include skulls, skeletons, birds, dogs, mallets, Victorian women and things being "oiled." The central character is a tiny, bratty man whose movements are so stiff and repetitive that you'll hope something will squash him. Unfortunately, this sweet relief never arrives.

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