The Children's Trilogy 1930-1970

1.00PM Sat 13 Jan 2018 (20mins)
GOMA | Cinema A | Free

SYNOPSIS

While best known for his boxed assemblages, Joseph Cornell was also a pioneer of collage films made with old 16mm film prints. In 'The Children's Trilogy' (Cotillion 1940s–1969; The Midnight Party 1940s–1969; The Children's Party 1940s–1969), Joseph Cornell intercuts various found sequences such as star constellations, ballerinas and vaudeville acts. He incorporates freeze frames, upside down and reversed images throughout, creating a chaotic and humorous fantasy world. While Cornell started the three related works in the 1930s, they were left unfinished and only completed from instruction in 1968 by filmmaker Lawrence Jordan.

CREDITS

Cotillion 1930–70 All ages
16MM, BLACK AND WHITE (TINTED), SILENT, 7 MINUTES, USA / DIRECTOR: JOSEPH CORNELL / EFFECTS ADDED BY LARRY JORDAN / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: NATIONAL FILM AND SOUND ARCHIVE AUSTRALIA

The Midnight Party 1930–70 All ages
16MM, BLACK AND WHITE (TINTED), SILENT, 3.30 MINUTES, USA / DIRECTOR: JOSEPH CORNELL / EFFECTS ADDED BY LARRY JORDAN / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: NATIONAL FILM AND SOUND ARCHIVE AUSTRALIA

The Children's Party 1930–68 All ages
16MM, BLACK AND WHITE (TINTED), SILENT, 8 MINUTES, USA / DIRECTOR: JOSEPH CORNELL / EFFECTS ADDED BY LARRY JORDAN / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: NATIONAL FILM AND SOUND ARCHIVE AUSTRALIA