Project Description

Forest of Bliss

Film Still from Forest of Bliss

Robert Gardner, 16mm film, 90 mins. (1985)

In 1962 John Hubley came to Harvard University as the first teacher of animation in the new Visual Arts Center. It was his idea to make a film based on Edwin Abbott’s famous short story, Flatland.

The tale of a “square” who lives in flatland and faces the difficulty of convincing a two-dimensional society that a third dimension exists is told by the voices of Dudley Moore and other actors belonging to the British theatrical comedy group, Beyond the Fringe.

The film has appealed especially to mathematicians, philosophers of science, and children.

Distributed by Documentary Education Resources, Watertown, MA.

Robert Gardner