at The Egyptian Theater
6712 Hollywood Blvd.

Sunday nights at 7:00pm
8 dollars
6 dollars students/seniors
free for Film Forum Members

Dec 11


Hosted by Jeanne Liotta

Essential cinema, fragments, and rarities:
– Cotillion (8 min)
– The Midnight Party (3 min)
– The Children’s Party (8 min, 1940’s-1969, b&w and color-tinted, silent)
– Cinderella’s Dream (date unknown, 3 min., color, silent)
– Mulberry Street (1956-/65, 9:00, b/w)
– Boys’ Games (1957, 5:00, color)
– Joanne, Union Square (1955, 7:00 b&w)
– Joanne, Xmas (2:00, color)
– Cloches a travers les feuilles/Claude Debussy (1957, 4:00, color, with sound on CD)

– PLUS: Four silent 16mm films on one reel from Cornell’s film collection (10 min):

– The Automatic Moving Company
– Up the Flue
– Metamorphosis
– Loie Fuller

These screenings are in conjunction with REDCAT

“…Curiosities and bits of life gathered from here there and everywhere”
-Joseph Cornell

The films of the reclusive artist Joseph Cornell (1903-1973) are as unique as his famous box constructions. Though rarely exhibited during his lifetime, these mysterious works nonetheless have had a deep and lasting influence on the world of avant-garde filmmaking . His entire body of film numbers some thirty-odd works, encompassing the incomplete and the fragmentary. It can be said that Cornell made two kinds of films in two distinct periods of activity: collage films, made by recombining found materials, and directed films,where he worked with cinematographers (including Stan Brakhage, Rudy Burckhardt and Larry Jordan) to document his fantasy/experience of wandering in New York. This programme of rarities concludes with a 10-minute reel of early films from the unique private film collection of Joseph Cornell, offering an insight into the sources, materials, inspirations and obsessions of the artist.
– Bradley Eros and Jeanne Liotta

In person: Jeanne Liotta, artist and filmmaker, has spent the last 7 years researching The Joseph Cornell Special Collection of films at Anthology Film Archives in New York, and together with Bradley Eros curated a series of rare Cornell films for the Cornell centenary in December 2003. She teaches at The New School University, Pratt Institute, The Milton Avery Graduate School for the Arts at Bard College, and is presently Visiting Faculty at the San Francisco Art Institute.

The films of Joseph Cornell will continue with Part 2 Monday December 12 at REDCAT 8:00 pm

These films are part of Anthology Film Archives Essential Cinema Collection, a special series of films screened on a repertory basis consisting of 110 programs/330 titles, assembled in 1970-75 by the film selection committee James Broughton, Ken Kelman, Peter Kubelka, P. Adams Sitney, and Jonas Mekas. It was an ambitious attempt to define the art of cinema. The project was never completed but even in its unfinished state the series provides an uncompromising critical overview of cinema’s history.

December 12, 2005
Jack H. Skirball Screening Series

“As much as Maya Deren, the progenitor of American avant-garde film.” J. Hoberman

Famous for his unique shadowboxes and found-object collages, Joseph Cornell also made a remarkable collection of films between the mid-1930s and the early Ôø?60s. His landmark film Rose Hobart (1936, 19 min., b/w), possibly the first-ever experimental film made entirely from found footage, was profoundly influential in the 1950s for emerging filmmakers such as Jack Smith and Ken Jacobs. This program of rarely seen works–many of which are screened for the first time in Los Angeles–includes recently-discovered collage films as well as pieces shot by Stan Brakhage, Rudy Burckhardt and Larry Jordan under CornellÔø?s direction.

In person: filmmaker and film historian Jeanne Liotta

Filmforum is presenting a separate program of films by Joseph Cornell on Sunday, December 11. See

Date & time General
Admission Students,
Alumni with
Affinity Card CalArts
Faculty and Staff
Mon 12.12.05, 8:00 pm $8 $6 $4

For student and CalArts alumni, faculty and staff discounts,
please call the REDCAT box office at 213-237-2800.

Courtesy Trinie Dalton!

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About Jay Babcock

I am an independent writer and editor based in Tucson, Arizona. In 2023: I publish an email newsletter called LANDLINE = Previously: I co-founded and edited Arthur Magazine (2002-2008, 2012-13) and curated the three Arthur music festival events (Arthurfest, ArthurBall, and Arthur Nights) (2005-6). Prior to that I was a district office staffer for Congressman Henry A. Waxman, a DJ at Silver Lake pirate radio station KBLT, a copy editor at Larry Flynt Publications, an editor at Mean magazine, and a freelance journalist contributing work to LAWeekly, Mojo, Los Angeles Times, Washington Post, Vibe, Rap Pages, Grand Royal and many other print and online outlets. An extended piece I wrote on Fela Kuti was selected for the Da Capo Best Music Writing 2000 anthology. In 2006, I was somehow listed in the Music section of Los Angeles Magazine's annual "Power" issue. In 2007-8, I produced a blog called "Nature Trumps," about the L.A. River. From 2010 to 2021, I lived in rural wilderness in Joshua Tree, Ca.


  1. LA filmforum has added an additional screening at 9pm (the other at 7). All shows (on the 11th and 12th) are expected to sell out.

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