Paul Sharits: Mandala Films

Paul Sharits

Jeff Guess


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DVD with 3 films of Paul Sharits.

In the mid-1960s, 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, projections Using mainly the flicker technique (flickering between pictures and colors), he highlights frame by frame discontin-uity, thus revealing the hidden powers of editing.

Experimental Cinema [dvd]
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

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


Piece Mandala / End War, 1966, color, silent, 5min
N:O:T:H:I:N:G, 1968, color, sound, 36min
T,O,U,C,H,I,N,G, 1968, color, sound, 12min
Notes & Video details

Includes a booklet by Vincent Deville with writings by Paul Sharits

53 minutes, Color
DVD 5 PAL Interzone/Region-Free, color/couleur
(Original format: 16mm)
Re:voir, Publication: 2012
EAN 3493551100478