A headspin of hypnotizing surrealist images. The entire animation is incredibly intricate and mysteriously abstruse at times. Imagine describing this short film to someone who is unfamiliar with this type of artistry: "Well it starts with a woman whose feces takes the form of psychedelic asparagus..."
I watched this a couple of times but I think I need to see at at least once more. Asparagus was paired with Eraserhead at midnight shows in theaters and it's a nice tidbit to add to any evening's screening.
Révélé par le circuit des "midnight movies" à la fin des années 70, Asparagus était projeté avant Eraserhead, le premier long métrage de David Lynch. On y trouve le même sens du surréalisme onirique et le même souci du détail, mais Suzan Pitt utilise aussi le psychédélisme (couleurs multiples, animation foisonnante) et une musique jazzy-électronique hypnotique. Un parcours symbolique dans l'étrange "magie féminine".
Psychedelic and beautifully surreal experience, accompanied by appropriate music. The 20 minutes format seems to be an optimal choice - it is definitely worth spending the time required, especially if you appreciate something different and refreshing. I loved the trippy colours!
The first time I saw Asparagus was in a bar, projected onto the back wall as a sort of soundless backdrop to the revelry. Rewatching it now, I find that the addition of the score adds a slightly more sinister or introspective undertone to the surreal and sexually suggestive imagery.
The facelessness of the protagonist seems to suggest a loss of subjectivity. However, I find it best experienced without overthinking.