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  • 4.0
This candy-colored, sexually-charged nightmare rocked audiences upon its release and catapulted Suzan Pitt to the front ranks of independent animation.

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"A cel-animated psychodrama–MESHES OF THE AFTERNOON recast in the post-lysergic style of YELLOW SUBMARINE…daringly visualized…” - J. Hoberman, Village Voice


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Quite simply...W O W !!! Suzan Pitt's mesmerizing animation short is a volcanic eruption of color and psychosexual energy, in a strange world that exists somewhere between the work of Underground Comix artists such as R.Crumb and Trina Robbins, and the dreamworlds of David Lynch. It's like a box of antique greeting cards that have come to life and mutated into the atmosphere. This film packs a wallop; it's just as eerily dazzling now as it was when it was made nearly 40 years ago.

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Quite simply...W O W !!! Suzan Pitt's mesmerizing animation short is a volcanic eruption of color and psychosexual energy, in a strange world that exists somewhere between the work of Underground Comix artists such as R.Crumb and Trina Robbins, and the dreamworlds of David Lynch. It's like a box of antique greeting cards that have come to life and mutated into the atmosphere. This film packs a wallop; it's just as eerily dazzling now as it was when it was made nearly 40 years ago.

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I'd like to post your review on my FB page- is it ok? thank you for your review, much appreciated! Suzan

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How could you give this any less than 5 stars? Surrealist stream of consciousness and phantasmagoric mixed media with a great sound track (featuring a couple of old buddies Steve Lacy and Steve Potts). An outstanding off center synth track by Richard Teitelbaum add to the aura and give it an overall "far out" feel. I was reminded of artist Jim Nutt,unsettling and mysterious, not quite right....why haven't I seen this before? Thanks Fandor, will watch again but I will never think of asparagus in the same way again.

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An animation which I suppose would be classified as being "psychedelic", but thoroughly postmodern as well, and way ahead of its time. Pitt incorporates landscape and a theatre into the work which seem inspired by the paintings of Max Ernst and Edward Hopper, two very different painters to be sure, but the faceless protagonist of Asparagus moves quite effortlessly and seamlessly between dimensions. These dimensions rupture the diegesis through the introduction of spyholes or viewing holes and a doubling of images and the protagonist in different scale. Its tame obscenities (made tamer through an animated medium) are a counterpoint for witticisms and if not quite an existential angst, then perhaps an existential discomfort. One of the most beautiful and provocative animations I have ever seen.

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Alien and familiar at the same time. 4 years of work to create this at Harvard from 1974 to 1978. Love the Richard Teitelbaum soundtrack who I know from his participation in Musica Elettronica Viva (MEV was begun one evening in the spring of 1966 in a room in Rome overlooking the Pantheon). This animation completely immerses me each time I watch it creating it's own world, sort of like the computer game Myst. You might say watching this as the woman goes to the theater is like looking out of a window at the Pantheon, one that exists in Suzan Pitt's mind and now yours after watching.

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Wow, really amazing. Masterful use of animation. I didn't realize it was going to also have some stop-motion, a nice surprise. Really beautiful.

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Suzan Pitt's animated short is a beautiful combination of animation with claymation. Dazzling and candy-colored, this strange little film is a sort of erotically-obsesssed identity crisis.

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I agree with the first guy's review. Amazing animation, never mind the imagination. Incredibly done. Must see. What makes Fandor great. When you have seen all the mainstream movies you get to see things you have never seen before, don't stop.

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Suzan!! This was absolutely incredible! The hauntingly beautiful imagery took me to a part of myself I didn't realize existed. The artistry that's encompassed in each frame quite literally took my breath away. Thank you so, so much for partnering with Fandor to share this with a new generation.

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So I took acid a while ago and I decided to check this out while coming down. This is perfect for that. The claymation theatre scene was very impressive.

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A faceless woman poops asparagus and thus begins a journey filled with wonders. The animation's jerky tableau adds to the surreal imagery. Can't say enough about the soundtrack, so haunting. What a talent, this Suzan Pitt.

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#LadyAnimators All Damn Day!

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reminds me of those old sixties and seventies rock show flyers. love the change up of animation in the middle. nice touch

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Creepy, yet aesthetically pleasing!

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Incredible

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A surrealistic sex dream. Animated in the most ideal fashion.

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One of the finest of animations, Ms Pitt's film, and her others as well, should be seen as widely as possible.

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Not the first time I've seen this incredible work of astonishing honesty. A psyche scraped of societal indoctrination. Sensational, I love it for it's exposition and accomplishment. Stunning.

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A waste of time........

Eat your asparagus kids! It never tasted so good.

The animation is absolutely spectacular. Pitt's attempt to depict dreaming is ambitious and she takes us into some really original, creepy territory. My only gripe is that she occasionally leans on cliche Freudian/psychoanalytic ideas for inspiration; these moments feel cheap next to, for example, the spellbinding theater scene, which is painstakingly rendered and overflowing with fresh, stimulating iconography. Overall, though, it's a really enjoyable piece of surreal art.

An interesting, and beautifully animated short, but seemingly without any real substance behind it's evocative imagery.

I quite enjoyed the (almost whimsical) stream of consciousness style to this film, and found it's world quite detailed, and beautifully crafted by Pitt. But for the life of me, I can't figure out if she was actually saying anything with it.

I'm not saying that all films have to be thought-provoking, or overly meaningful; but when a film has no discernable plot, I typically find myself engaging with it more when there is something intellectually stimulating to grip on to. This film, after taking some time to ruminate on it, still leaves me scratching my head.

Overall, I found Asparagus to be a rather beautifully animated mood piece, that displayed a real flare for creativity by Pitt, but at the end of the day, I find myself a little cold towards the film.

Just my two cents. If you're into abstract journey's through strange realms...check this one out. If you're looking for a more thought-provoking psychedelic trip, well maybe look somewhere else.

Through this creepily unplaceable mess of dissonance, permeating through domestic and urban, natural and artificial spaces, there's a woman who turns the tables on bodily and social confinement by taking control of her own sexuality.

Strange, but moving!