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Cornell, 1965

Lawrence Jordan

USA, 1978
9 minutes, Colour, Opt., 4:3
Original format: 16mm film
Available formats: 16mm

In 1965 I worked as Joseph Cornell’s assistant on boxes and films. I filmed his work extensively, and as much as I could of him. (It is the only film footage that exists of Cornell.) Until 1978 I couldn’t edit the film. When I finally learned it would be a kind of personal journalistic tribute to the man who taught me so much, it fell together. What you see are the close-up interiors of many Cornell boxes, some collages, and a few shots of Joseph. You hear the things he said to me (as I recall them) and the thoughts I think about it all. If you are a Cornell fan, there isn’t any other film on him.
Award: First Prize, Documentary, Marin Film Festival.