The Magic Machines

The Magic Machines, Long Title The Magic Machines and Other Tricks, is an American documentary short film by Bob Curtis from the year 1969.


The film introduces the work of sculptor Robert Gilbert. The 25 -year-old hippie who sees himself as a child, that's never grown up, creating from scrap parts kinetic and mechanical machines, which he painted at the end. In part, he worked for two years at a work of art. Occasionally, the work takes him so that he the creative process itself can not understand in the end. The film introduces individual works, the references to fairy tales, titles such as radio or airplane carry or deal critically with police violence against peaceful demonstrators. Gilbert describes himself as old hippie who is rather outside the company. He finds the earth as such good, but notes that everything could be better and that everything will be better, because in the end people like him will win. At the end of the credits the peace sign is displayed.


The Magic Machines won the 1970 Oscar for Best Short Film and Best Short Documentary was nominated for an Oscar in the category. At the International Film Festival of Cannes 1970, the film won the Jury Prize and was in competition for the Golden Palm for Best Short Film.