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The Magic Sun

  • NR
  • DVD
  • 1 disc
  • Region 1 USA/CA (info)
  • Spaced-out innovations and an eclectic, self-composed mythology characterized the work of legendary jazz musician Sun Ra, whose experimental spirit is mirrored here in Phill Niblock's vanguard film. A refreshed print of Niblock's groundbreaking but little-known work shows off the original black and white cinematography in spectacular clarity. Niblock also used a unique negative process, and composed the film almost entirely of ultra-tight close-ups of the musicians' hands and mouths, to create a new kind of music-based, non-narrative film. Shot in the 1960s and centered around the performance of Sun Ra on piano, backed by his Arkestra, this classic underground film is an abstract homage to an eccentric genius.
  • Additional Info
    Manufacturer Part Number (MPN): DJ861

  • Credits
    Sun, Ra
  • Critic Reviews
    "[T]his is a suitable place to enroll in his extraordinary space programme."

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