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Joseph Cornell (1903 - 1972)

Related: assemblage - avant-garde film - montage - film editing - found - 1936 - collage - footage - experimental film - surrealist film

Biography

Joseph Cornell, (Born in Nyack, New York December 24, 1903 died December 29, 1972) was an American sculptor, one of the pioneers and most celebrated exponents of assemblage. Influenced by the Surrealists, he was also an avant garde and experimental filmmaker who lived in New York City for most of his life in a frame house on Utopia Parkway in Queens, New York, with his mother and his crippled brother, Robert, who was afflicted with cerebral palsy. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Joseph_Cornell [Jul 2005]

Rose Hobart (1936) - Joseph Cornell

Rose Hobart (1936) - Joseph Cornell

Rose Hobart (1936) is a short, 19 minute experimental film created by the artist Joseph Cornell, who cut and re-edited the Hollywood film East of Borneo into one of American's most famous surrealist short films. Cornell was fascinated by the star of East of Borneo, an actress named Rose Hobart, and named his short film after her. The piece consists of snippets from East of Borneo combined with shots from a documentary of an eclipse. When Cornell screened the film, he projected it through a piece of blue glass and slowed the speed of projection to that of a silent film. Accompanying the film is music from a recording called "Holiday in Brazil." In 2001 the United States Library of Congress deemed the film "culturally significant" and selected it for preservation in the National Film Registry. --http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Rose_Hobart [Jul 2005]

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