Movie Review: Heaven and Earth Magic

If you’re content with watching proto-Gilliam animation and farm noises for an hour, this is for you. Me? It’s a long watch, one that results in another mark in the dislike column for the 1001 list.

What’s going on? I’ll let the creator explain. From Wikipedia:

“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.”

Got all that? I didn’t. I had a hard time maintaining an interest in this avant-garde piece. I became distracted and let the thing play, one of the worst things that can happen when reviewing films.

But why is this important? The book offers no layman explanation. My best guess came from listening to the Nicene Creed at church, as one of the phrases is “creator of heaven and earth.” The director plays the role of God as he manipulates the creations to his liking. They move across the screen like magic. That’s the best I’ve got and most likely all you may get out of it if you decide to watch it in full on YouTube.

4/10

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