Asparagus combines various animation techniques to create a bright, colorful Freudian dreamscape filled with the subliminal imagery found in a feminine dream, filled with sexualized plants in a literal garden of earthy delights where asparagus spears are shown in various metaphoric ways.
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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.
Asparagus is one of the best shorts I've ever seen and a magnificent experimental film. Made by utilizing and combining rotoscoping and stop motion, it's a clever and immensely creative work and it's truly inspiring to watch. I'll have to see it again to write more.
It’s there in that first 10 seconds - free jazz burlesque. Wildly vibrant, fiercely femin(ine/ist) animation. Bold, shamelessly transgressive, almost punk. Who is this faceless subversive masked woman w/ her magic carpetbag of tricks and perversely voluptuous living space? Pandora in the street; Aphrodite in the sheets? (Also in the, uh, garden. Because nature/creation?) Asparagus the veg, however? Forever tainted.
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.