Re: collage film history—cornell

From: Steve Polta (email suppressed)
Date: Tue Jun 30 2009 - 14:24:26 PDT

Someone more knowledgable than I can (and hopefully will) clarify the process by which Cornell assembled ROSE HOBART but there is much more to this than a simple deletion of the non-Rose scenes from EAST OF BORNEO. There is definitely a reassembly of material, not to mention the addition of sound and———get this———the inclusion of material **NOT FOUND** in the original film. For example, I believe the shot in ROSE of the white cap thing floating in water is from some science film.

But hopefully someone (Ms. Liotta??) can clarify this for us all.

Steve Polta

> My understanding of  "Rose Hobart" is that it was a
> found film with all the shots without Rose removed. 
> The resulting "form" being the chance operation resulting
> from this simple conceptual device. Understanding this then
> leads me to a useful tool perhaps for another similar film.
> Simply calling it a collage doesn't get me to the core of
> this understanding, but I do see why people generally want
> to have these sweeping categories for general conversation,
> however misleading.


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