Heaven and Earth Magic (also known as Number 12, The Magic Feature, or Heaven and Earth Magic Feature) is a 1962 American avant-garde independent cutout animation film directed by visual artist, filmmaker and mystic Harry Everett Smith. Jonas Mekas gave the film its title Heaven and Earth Magic in 1964/65.
Harry Smith stated of Heaven and Earth Magic: “The first part depicts the heroine’s toothache consequent to the loss of a valuable watermelon, her dentistry and transportation to heaven. Next follows an elaborate exposition of the heavenly land in terms of Israel, Montreal and the second part depicts the return to earth from being eaten by Max Müller on the day Edward the Seventh dedicated the Great Sewer of London.”
The film is accompanied by a musique concrète score featuring the noises of water, clocks and sound effects albums. John Waters of The Independent described it as “the sort of soundtrack you could put together in a hotel room”, noting that “Smith lived at the Chelsea Hotel, rent unpaid, for much of that time.”
black and white, mono, fullscreen, 66 minutes. DVD-R comes packaged as shown in color DVD case, wrapped in plastic!