Joseph Cornell 1903-1972
Angel (made with Rudolph Burckhardt) (1957)
This is a lovely little film. A statue of an angel stands over a fountain. (I think it is a fountain.) We see the surface of the water and the reflections on it. It has a Monet-like quality to it.
Cornell (or Rudy Burckhardt who did the cinematography) gives the statue virtually a living presence. I felt it as having a personality. There is one really beautiful shot of the statue as a silhouette. The angel has a calmness and a protective quality. -- John C., Film Notes
The films of the reclusive artist Joseph Cornell (1903-1972) are as unique as his famous box constructions. Though rarely exhibited during his lifetime, these mysterious works nonetheless have had a deep and lasting influence on the world of avant-garde filmmaking . His entire body of film numbers some thirty-odd works, encompassing the incomplete and the fragmentary. It can be said that Cornell made two kinds of films in two distinct periods of activity: collage films, made by recombining found materials, and directed films,where he worked with cinematographers (including Stan Brakhage, Rudy Burckhardt and Larry Jordan) to document his fantasy/experience of wandering in New York. -Bradley Eros and Jeanne Liotta