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Mandala Films (DVD)


by Paul Sharits

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In the mid-1960s, Paul Sharits developed an abstract cinema in radical opposition to the pictorial tradition. His works taken together propose a reflection on the very nature of cinema and its component parts: the film strip, single frames, the flow of film through the projector, sprocket holes, screen, projectios. Using mainly the flicker technique (flickering between pictures and colors), he highlights frame by frame discontinuity, thus revealing the hidden powers of editing.

"The screen, illuminated by Paul Sharits' N:O:T:H:I:N:G, seems to assume a spherical shape, at times - due, I think, to a pearl-like quality of light his flash-frames create... a baroque pearl, one might say - wondrous!... One of the most beautiful films I've seen." - Stan Brakhage

"You are pulled into the world of color, your color senses are expanded, enriched. You become aware of changes, of tones around your own daily reality. Your vision is changed. You begin to see light on objects around you... Your experience range is expanded. You have gained a new insight. You have become a richer human being." - Jonas Mekas

This DVD contains:

  • Piece Mandala / End War, 1966, 5 min
  • N:O:T:H:I:N:G, 1968, 36 min
  • T,O,U,C,H,I,N,G, 1968, 12 min

All rights of the producer and of the owner of the work are reserved. Unless authorized by the rights holder, no duplication, hiring, lending or public screenings are allowed. For institutional purchase please contact Re:Voir directly.

  • 27 page bilingual English-French booklet with texts by Pip Chodorov, Vincent Deville and Paul Sharits.
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    SKU 3493551100478
    Product contents 1 disc
    Year 1966-68 (DVD 2012)
    Director Sharits, Paul
    Format DVD
    Publisher(s) Re-voir
    Countries USA
    Colour Colour
    Running time 53 min
    DVD region 0, PAL
    Certificate E
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