Re: Lost, Destroyed, and Unmade Films

From: Bruce Checefsky (email suppressed)
Date: Sat Apr 05 2008 - 08:58:47 PDT

Thanks, Andy. I've looked at Cornell's Monsieur Phot and considered making the film for over a year now
(probably longer). After reading Pavle Levi's interesting article titled 'Doctor Hypnison and the Case of
Written Cinema (October 166, Spring 2006), in which he describes a scenario by poet Monny de Boully as
a 'paper movie', written never to be filmed, (Film critic Branko Vučićević' wrote about this in his book titled
Paper Movies), I believe this was likely the case with Cornell's Monsieur Phot. Andrew Lampert thought
Cornell didn't attempt to make the film which makes sense from the research. But i still wonder if he
wrote the scenario with the idea of making the film later, or did he published it as a 'paper film'. Have you
read the scenario? what do you think?

thanks bruce

Joseph Cornell's "Monsieur Phot," a scenario for an unmade film, published 1936 in Julien Levy's book
"Surrealism" and reprinted (I believe) in P. Adams Sitney's anthology titled "The Avant-Garde Film."
Andy Ditzler
----- Original Message ----- From: "Bruce Checefsky" <email suppressed>
To: <email suppressed>
Sent: Friday, April 04, 2008 9:51 PM
Subject: Lost, Destroyed, and Unmade Films

> I'm looking for short film scenario's published in the 1930's that were either never made into films, or
> lost/destroyed (as films) during WWII. Any suggestions?
> bruce


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