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Duo Concertantes

Lawrence Jordan

USA, 1962 - 1964
9 minutes, B&W, opt
Available formats: 16mm

An established classic. Steel engravings form a surrealistic dream world. P. Adams Sitney has written at length on the film in his book Visionary Film. It can be shown to any adventurous audience, young or old, and has never disappointed. The theme: resurrection, rebirth, flight into higher spheres was thought to be outmoded in this century’s art. Evidently not, judging from the impact of the film on viewers.
Birds, butterflies, old engravings, – the mind’s moving fantasmagoria. A binder on the spell of the white witch. – L.J.
‘ Jordan’s imagery is exquisite and eloquent, concentrating on simple, repeated use of particularly poetic symbols and figures, a conglomerative effect of old Gustave Dore drawings, 19th century whatnot memorabilia, all fused to a totally aware perception.’ – Lita Eliseu, East Village Other.

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