- 1 DVD (91 min) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in.
- Additional Authors
- Östör, Ákos.Gardner, Robert.,
- Corporate Author
- Harvard University. Film Study Center.
- Credits: Producers, Robert Gardner, ′Akos Östör ; director, Robert Gardner.On disc: Copyright 2001.Summary: This film defies categories. Filmed in the ancient city of Benares to which the filmmaker made four separate visits, its nominal subject is the ceremonies and industries associated with human death, or more specifically how the living institutionalise and sanctify death. However, it is neither an ethnographic or documentary record. Instead the viewer is placed in a position closer to that of a participant rather than an objective viewer. No commentary or explanatory intertitles or subtitles are used; the soundtrack is composed entirely of location sound although the film is highly structured through editing. The filmmaker offers traces of narrative which he refuses to sustain. The title refers to Benares but through its mythological and ironic allusions (there is no forest) Gardner suggests universal meaning in a cinematic equivalent of the poetic.This DVD relates to the book "Making forest of bliss".