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Midnight Party, Cotillion & The Children’s Party

Lawrence Jordan , Joseph Cornell

USA, 1969
19 minutes, B&W, tinted, Silent
Available formats: 16mm

wo films given to Larry Jordan to finish by Joseph Cornell before he died.
‘I have not changed the editing structure. I have made the films printable. They are the first known fully collaged films, i.e., films made from found footage, and were done sometime in the ’40s. Cornell combines Vaudeville jugglers, animal acts, circus performers, children eating and dancing, science demonstrations, mythical excerpts, and crucial freeze-frames of faces into a timeless structure, totally unconcerned with our usual expectations of “montage” or cinematic progression. He collects images and preserves them in some kind of cinematic suspension that is hard – impossible – to describe. But it’s a delight to anyone whose soul has not been squashed by the heavy dictates of Art.’ – L.J