In A Summer Garden explores the mystery-roots of my own passion for the world of bright blossoms, the mystical rose, the ancient gardens of Beardsley and King Arthur. In this case I chose the music of Delius – a composition whose title becomes the title of my film. While studying (and in some cases actually listening to) the music, I filmed scenes from my garden, featuring special blossoms as they appeared, or whole banks of blossoms as they matured. Thus, on one level, we see an accurate study of a flower garden’s progression through a season. Color tones rise and fall, swell and recede with the music. (Delius was studying his wife’s summer garden as he composed.) Into this portrait of the annual bursting forth of riotous natural color I have injected the mysterious presence of two spirits – the cat who watches it, and the woman (face never seen) who attends it: allegory and document of how it was that year in that place. –Larry Jordan
Fantastic landscapes of the mind is what makes the unique work of San Francisco animator Larry Jordan so compelling. With a taste for nostalgic romanticism for intricate turn-of-the-century illustrations, Jordan creates a magical universe of work using old steel engravings and collectable memorabilia. His 50-year pursuit into the subconscious mind gives him a place in the annals of cinema as a prolific animator on a voyage into the surreal psychology of the inner self.
Born in Denver, Colorado, in 1934, Jordan was introduced to filmmaking by Stan Brakhage, one of the pioneers of American experimental film. As classmates, they began to investigate the possibilities of filmed “psychodrama,” a form of free-association using dream imagery. One of Jordan’s earliest films, One Romantic Adventure of Edward (1952) uses erotic visual references assembled in the style of the then in-vogue classic school of “Russian montage.” Brakhage made his acting debut in this film and both… read more