An old house was to be torn down. Cornell was interested in depicting the beauty of this fine old structure, but it seems dead and lifeless and cut off from the life all around it. We see children and workmen and insects. The neighborhood really is alive, but the house has had its day.
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What a disappointment this was on 16mm - I was really looking forward to experiencing this on a print. The BFI had some tinted version, and I wondered how I ever liked this film. I revisited my DVD black and white version, and realised what a beautiful work this was again. The shadows and light work so wonderfully in B&W, but that print the BFI had was terrible and stunts the beautiful contrast in light.