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PROMETHEUS' GARDEN

Bruce Bickford  |  Unrated |  DVD
4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)


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  • Actors: Bruce Bickford
  • Format: Animated, Color, NTSC
  • Language: English
  • Region: All Regions
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated: Unrated
  • Studio: Microcinema DVD
  • DVD Release Date: September 30, 2008
  • Run Time: 58 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (5 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B001BZIZ0A
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #389,760 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)

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Best known for his collaborations with rock iconoclast Frank Zappa in the 1970s (Dub Room Special, Baby Snakes, The Amazing Mr. Bickford), underground animator Bruce Bickford has influenced generations of artists with his startlingly original vision. Prometheus Garden (28 minutes, 1988) is the only film over which Bickford maintained complete creative control. Inspired by the Greek myth of Prometheus, a Titan who created the first mortals from clay and stole fire from the gods, Prometheus Garden immerses viewers in a cinematic universe unlike any other. The dark and magical images of this haunting film unfold in a dreamlike stream of consciousness revealing an unlikely cast of clay characters engaged in a violent struggle for survival. Like all Bickford films, Prometheus Garden defies description and simply must be experienced. In Clay Animation, film scholar Michael Frierson writes: Bickford offers us a visionary landscape, a hallucinogenic retreat into magical settings where figure and ground may transform into the other at any moment, enchanted settings in which modern technocrats are easy villains and nature is under siege. Bickford is an underground artist who has mystified animation critics and inspired generations of animators, while somehow eluding fame. He has been described as the worlds only outsider artist working in the medium of animation. He has been recognized as a genius by Frank Zappa and countless other iconoclasts. One thing is certain: Bickford is a true original. In his collaborations with Frank Zappa in the 1970s, Bickford relinquished creative control of his work (which was edited and scored by Zappa). Consequently, Prometheus Garden is Bickfords most comprehensive and least compromised vision.

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5.0 out of 5 stars prometheus' garden July 7, 2008
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I can't believe it took so long to release this movie! The animation is astounding- it all flows together but is completely unpredictable. It's like Bickford is tapping into a whole world the rest of us can't see.
I was expecting a straight forward telling of the story of Prometheus- instead he twisted modern ideas into the landscape and created something new. It's amazing to think that animation used to be created in such an intense way- it makes it seem so much more personal.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Wow. I mean, Wow August 7, 2010
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I've watched only the title feature from this disk, I have to admit. Voluminous extras and alternatives still await me. I prefer to form my own opinions before filling myself with others' commentaries, though, and this one takes time to digest.

It comes in just under a half hour, but seems like a lot more. Bickford fills every moment in this garden with transformation and movement - don't blink, or you might miss the crucial link that connects the moment before to the moment after. People (and more mysterious beings) grow from the ground like spring flowers, or morph into and out of being according to the opaque inner logic of this baffling world. The battle, in some of the clay-goriest claymation I've ever seen, features different races of beings competing for - well, I'm not quite sure. Like Blood Tea and Red String, this world moves according to its own rules and motivations, which the viewer need not work out to enjoy.

I'll come back to this brilliant short again and again, and expect to see something new in it each time. Perhaps parts of the visual style don't wholly suit my tastes - they don't have to. An event like this must be taken on its own terms, and richly rewards the viewer who can do so.

-- wiredweird
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5.0 out of 5 stars Amazing March 13, 2010
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Where else can you get stop motion claymation of this caliber? The film is short but in reality it had to take Mr. Bickford many years to produce it. What a gift!
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4.0 out of 5 stars Amazing Animation December 15, 2010
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Bruce Bickford is a mad genius. This film is an excellent example of his unique clay animation work. If you are a fan of animation where everything on the screen is moving and changing you need to see this film. It's short, only 28 minutes, but packed with bizarre and surreal images; the screen is constantly alive with his morphing writhing creations. The story doesn't really make much sense, but who cares, it's amazing. There is a commentary track and some behind the scenes footage.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Crazy good October 23, 2010
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Bickford's "Premoethius" is truly awe inspiring. Half of those I show it to can't even take its trippy quality. They say "I am getting dizzy". Frankly I love the immersive quality of clay, and look what Bruce has done with it. Nobody pushes the medium to this level(s!). When Bruce is gone (I hope not for a long while),
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