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7.2
/10
245 Ratings

Rose Hobart

Directed by Joseph Cornell
United States, 1936
Avant-Garde, Short

Synopsis

Footage selected from ‘East of Borneo’ and other films is arranged and edited so as to highlight actress Rose Hobart.

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Rose Hobart Directed by Joseph Cornell

Critics reviews

In this modest, 19-minute experiment Cornell managed to say more than any number of critics and theorists about the essence of the cinematic experience; about how even bad actors can transfix, and why even tired, shoddy Hollywood programmers contain flickering spells of cinematic power.
August 19, 2019
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Cornell sees the very fact of popular movies, with their original and epochal power of limbic haunting, as an essential and irreducible art. Suddenly, modern art left the light of galleries for the furtive allure of dark spaces; Cornell’s inspiration, to break through the glossy surfaces of mass culture and dredge its murky depths, has proven enduring.
April 27, 2015
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Tom, Tom’s thrust is intensively epistemological; Rose Hobart is a more compact, but dazzling exercise in the techniques of assertive editing, and in its “copulative” propensity, to which Eisenstein had somewhat blushingly referred in Film Form. . . . Demonstrating the generative uses of junction and disjunction, Cornell will use the cut, the cut on gesture, and the jump-cut with a kind of insolence.
June 01, 1973

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