Animation. A compact, full-color cut-out animation as ephemeral as the colors swimming on the surface of a soap bubble. The eternal round shape, the orb – sun, moon, symbol of the whole self – balloons its inimitable and joyous course through scene after scene of celestial delight, fixing at last as the mystical globe encasing the lovers whose course it has paralleled throughout the film. People who have shown OUR LADY OF THE SPHERE over and over have now decided it’s OK to book this film. —Canyon Cinema
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
I first learned of Mr.Jordan's work around the age of 12 via a book called "Experimental Animation" sometime in the mid 1970s. In all the years since then, I've not had an opportunity to actually see his work until now, so MUBI's hosting of these old films is greatly appreciated. "Orb" is a charmingly dated mystical exploration, more serious than one might anticipate.