1961-1970ExperimentalJordan BelsonUSA

Jordan Belson – Samadhi (1967)


Notable film theorist Gene Youngblood has this to say about the “Cosmic Cinema” of Jordan Belson in his classic book “Expanded Cinema”:

“Certain phenomena manage to touch a realm of our consciousness so seldom reached that when it is awakened we are shocked and profoundly moved. It’s an experience of self-realization as much as an encounter with the external world. The cosmic films of Jordan Belson possess this rare and enigmatic power.

“The essence of cinema is precisely ‘dynamic movement of form and color,’ and their relation to sound. In this respect Belson is the purest of all filmmakers. With few exceptions his work is ‘abstract.’ Like the films of Len Lye, Hans Richter, Oskar Fischinger, and the Whitneys, it is concrete. Although a wide variety of meaning inevitably is abstracted from them, and although they do hold quite specific implications for Belson personally, the films remain concrete, objective experiences of kinaesthetic ad optical dynamism. They are at once the ultimate use of visual imagery to communicate abstract concepts, and the purest of experiential confrontations between subject and object.”

Furthermore, he calls Samadhi a “Documentary on a Human Soul.”



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