In Clifford Ross’ new short “Harmonium Mountain,” with an original score by Philip Glass, it takes you on a five-minute smorgasbord of color and adventure that is incredibly pleasing to the eye.
Aside from that however, this film doesn’t have much going for it.
Glass’ score is sound and is synced with the floating photos beautifully, but what is the point of it all? With all the use of color and the music, this film feels like you’re watching an elongated commercial for a new flat-screen television. Again, if you’re not expecting a film, the whole experience works, but for those expecting some type of work of cinema, even in short-form, “Harmonium Mountain” ends up missing the mark.
At the same time, while it can be aggravating, wondering what the point of it all is, it’s short length and use of sound and color make it an experiment that isn’t exactly a waste of time. Rather, it’s something you’ll enjoy in a small way, but won’t understand why.
Fans of Glass’ work will ultimately enjoy the tunes and lovers of experimental cinema will find a meaning of their own for this flick.
Everyone else however, may not be so entertained.
Patrick Hickey Jr.
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