FLICKER (Nik Sheehan, Canada). 72 minutes. Wednesday (April 23), 7 pm, Royal; April 26, 7 pm, Isabel Bader. Rating: NNNN
By making his film as rhythmic as the strobe light dream machine he bases it on -- a rotating lamp sculpture that induces psychedelic visions -- director Nik Sheehan takes us back in time to a counterculture world of drugless magic.
Artist and mystic Brion Gysin invented the dream machine in 1954. In later years he and William Burroughs, who claimed the light sculpture would "storm the citadels of enlightenment," shared an uncanny closeness. They are well represented in archival footage that blends seamlessly with recollections from a great cast including Genesis P-Orridge, Marianne Faithfull and Iggy Pop.
You can't watch the film without wanting to try the dream machine. It would be wise to have one in the lobby.