Larry Jordan

Ref () color, 9.25 min

Rental: $25.00

Larry Jordan

Visions of a City (1978) 16mm, black and white, 6.25 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Spiritual / Mystical

Originally shot in 1957 and edited in 1978. The protagonist, poet Michael McClure, emerges from the all-reflection imagery of glass shop and car windows, bottles, mirrors, etc. in scenes which are also accurate portraits of both McClure and the city of San Francisco in 1957. At the same time it is a lyric and mystical film, building to a crescendo of rhythmically intercut shots of McClure's face, seemingly trapped on the glazed surface of the city. I don't think of this as an "early film" anymore, since it never came together until '78. Now it's tight.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Larry Jordan

Duo Concertantes (1964) 16mm, black and white, 9 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Spiritual / Mystical

An established classic. Steel engravings form a surrealistic dream world. P. Adams Sitney has written at length on the film in his book Visionary Film. It can be shown to any adventurous audience, young or old, and has never disappointed. The theme: resurrection, rebirth, flight into higher spheres was thought to be out-moded in this century's art. Evidently not, judging from the impact of the film on viewers. "Jordan's imagery is exquisite and eloquent, concentrating on simple, repeated use of particularly poetic symbols and figures, a conglomerative effect of old Gustave Dore drawings, 19th century whatnot memorabilia, all fused to a totally aware perception." -- Lita Eliseu, East Village

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Larry Jordan

Gymnopedies (1965) 16mm, color, 5.75 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Science & Medicine, Spiritual / Mystical

The theme is Weightlessness. Objects and characters are cut loose from habitual meanings, also from tensions and gravitational limitations. A lyric Eric Satie track accompanies the film. Such a portrait seems necessary from time to time to remind us that equilibrium and harmony are possible, and that we will not dissolve into a jelly if we allow ourselves to relax into them: A horseman rides through the landscape, through the town, but never arrives anywhere in particular. An acrobat swings on a rope above a canal in Venice, and is content just to swing there. Nothing threatens to disturb them. This film is a total contrast to the Kafka-like oddities of Eastern European animation. "It is impossible not to hallucinate on your own while watching it." -- Lita Eliseu, East Village Other

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Larry Jordan

Hamfat Asar (1965) 16mm, black and white, 13 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Spiritual / Mystical

"Jordan is one of the collagists and animators of film who can produce a significant vision. He is finding a way to work seriously with animation. Jordan is starting to significantly develop animation, in HAMFAT ASAR, as a fine arts mode." -- Carl Linder, SF Observer Animation. The strangeness of this film is laced with carefully molded apocalypses as the filmmaker explores a vision of life beyond death -- the Elysian fields of Homer, Dante's Purgatorio, de Chirico's stitched plain. A moving single picture. Evolving the structure or script for the film involved a process of controlled hallucination, whereby I sat quietly without moving, looking at the background until the pieces began to move without my inventing things for them to do. I found that, given the chance, they really did have important business to attend to, and my job was to furnish them with the power of motion. I never deviated from this plan.

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

Larry Jordan

Orb (1973) 16mm, color, 5 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Spiritual / Mystical

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. "More complex than the art work in The Yellow Submarine." -- Ed Blank, Pittsburgh Press

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Larry Jordan

Once Upon A Time (1974) 16mm, color, 12 min

Genre: Experimental

In many ways a more searching, and certainly a more complex film than OUR LADY OF THE SPHERE. We are first presented a cobweb castle, filled with the haunting doubts of the young protagonist. Spirits appear on the screen and are heard on the soundtrack. Gradually a female guide emerges and escorts the young man into an antechamber to another (and possibly higher) world. "Pulsating lights, undulating objects, combined with a rich and full color sense." -- Donald Miller, Pittsburgh Post-Gazette

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Larry Jordan

Rime of the Ancient Mariner, The (1977) 16mm, color, 40.75 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists

Using the cut-out style of animation I tried to marry the classic engravings of Gustave Dore to the classic poem by Samuel Taylor Coleridge through a classic narrator: Orson Welles. It's a long opium dream of the old Mariner (Welles) who wantonly killed the albatross and suffered the pains of the damned for it. "The film, far from being a mere visual accompaniment to the poem, has an integrity of its own. Throughout the film, serpents, butterflies and other creatures from Jordan's earlier works such as DUO CONCERTANTES and GYMNOPEDIES appear, bearing the unmistakable signature of the artist, creating mysteries, subtleties and rich asides. These are the strokes of genius, the touch of the craftsman, which have turned old material into new, translating 19th century art into a totally new kind of masterpiece. The Mariner lives as he has never lived before." -- Carmen Vigil, San Francisco Cinematheque

Rental: $125.00
16mm Rental: $125.00

Larry Jordan

Ancestors (1978) 16mm, black and white, 3.25 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Literature & Theater

ANCESTORS is a film about spiritual forefathers and mothers in a purely fanciful sense. These are classical figures, anatomical figures, fairy tale figures and romantic figures all thrown in together -- all my creative root-sources, in a kind of playful tribute. Like part 2 of DUO CONCERTANTES, it's a moving single picture, now doubled.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Larry Jordan

Cornell, 1965 (1978) 16mm, color, 7 min

Genre: Documentary, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists, Biography & Autobiography

In 1965 I worked as Joseph Cornell's assistant on boxes and films. I filmed his work extensively, and as much as I could of him. (It is the only film footage that exists of Cornell.) Until 1978 I couldn't edit the film. When I finally learned it would be a kind of personal journalistic tribute to the man who taught me so much, it fell together. What you see are the close-up interiors of many Cornell boxes, some collages, and a few shots of Joseph. You hear the things he said to me (as I recall them) and the thoughts I think about it all. If you are a Cornell fan, there isn't any other film on him.

Rental: $30.00
16mm Rental: $30.00

Larry Jordan

Moonlight Sonata (1979) 16mm, color, 4 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Music

Animated to the rhythms of Eric Satie's Gnossienne V. The moon and moonlight are the guiding lights of this visual interpretation, and I have kept the backgrounds in soft greens and blues. Only the cosmic tumbler, whose enigma is emphasized by his red color, breaks this pattern. Satie's music simplified and refined the imagery, made it the celestial circus I have always dreamed of. SONATA begins a new phase in my animation. I am finally getting in touch with the real poetry possible here. All works of art seem to come ready-made with their own sets of rules. And in this film only very simple movements were permitted.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Larry Jordan

Carabosse (1980) 16mm, color, 3.5 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Music

Animation, also of a new order in the recent series of short works. Mostly on black space, the figures in blue perform a very compact and jewel-like opera in surreal form, again to Satie's piano music. Ideally, the film should be projected on a 30" wide white card sitting on a music stand, center stage of a large auditorium or music hall, with sound from the projector piped into the big speaker system. The film is most effective this way, but can be shown normal-size also.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Larry Jordan

Finds of the Fortenight (1980) 16mm, color, 8.5 min

Genre: Animation

Keywords: Art & Artists

This is a very different animation. A series of surreal titles are rapidly alternated with the cut-out animation movements. The titles are often simple and the words and images combine easily into an eerie flickering superimposition. But I also was interested in pressing this technique to the limit of informational overload. Sometimes the eye is lost in the flashing barrage of words and pictures. Sound would have been too much, so I left it silent. The titles are by collage artist and painter, Jess Collins.

Rental: $35.00
16mm Rental: $35.00

Larry Jordan

Masquerade (1981) 16mm, color, 3.75 min

Genre: Animation

For the first time I am animating hand-painted engraved cut-outs on a full-color background. The film is mood-filled: A duel scene in a snowy forest, obviously the morning after a masquerade ball. Harlequin lies dying, while Red Indian walks away with the wings of victory. The woman between them appears, cat-masked. The mask dissolves away. Her spirit passes into the face of the sun upon the sun upon the sun flower. But Harlequin cannot escape death. The blue world engulfs him.

Rental: $20.00
16mm Rental: $20.00

Larry Jordan

Magenta Geryon (1983) 16mm, color, 30.5 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Music

I have tried to combine my feeling for personal and classical mythology with the images I see when I look upon the world. (This is a live film, not animation.) There are three parts, and each part is cut to a piece music chosen in advance of the photography. Therefore I call the film a "film concert". Part 1, ADAGIO, represents an Eros and Psyche mystique. Part 2, IN A SUMMER GARDEN, concerns my passion for gardening and my feelings for the medieval garden, the mystical rose, the somber formal gardens of Audrey Beardsley. Part 3, WINTER LIGHT, is filmed in the early morning hours of California mid-winter with its delicate touches of faery light. There is a kind of statement made also, which has to do with my feeling that despite a state of human alienation inherent in the modern world, the earth and its endless permutations of light emits an illumination paralleled in the human spirit.

Rental: $50.00
16mm Rental: $50.00

Larry Jordan

Visible Compendium, The (1991) 16mm, color, 17 min

Genre: Experimental

THE VISIBLE COMPENDIUM constructs bits of unnamed meanings, fragments of light. Photography is, to me, not about things, but about light. Light is our primary reality when we are at the movies -- light which suggests things, the secondary reality, a construct by the mind. THE VISIBLE COMPENDIUM attempts to engage the mind, and particularly what is unknown in the mind, rather than what has been seen and known a thousand times over. THE VISIBLE COMPENDIUM reaches farther than any of my other animations. It goes off in many directions, held together, hopefully, by the soundtrack, which itself goes off in a number of directions: strange sounds, some recognizable, others not. Some music. No voices, no silence. This is intentional. The film is a compendium, as indicated in the title -- a catalog of visible possible experiences, some at normal time, some speeded up or slowed down, some continuous, others broken up. Why? Tough question. Why not? Why not experiment with different modes of visible motion? (And, I might add, totally manufactured bits of motion elucidated by the light of the projector.) For instance, when the nude woman with the towel walks across the screen, the image broken up with flashes, close-ups, erratic zooms, etc. -- to express the soundtrack (which was in place before the animation), and partly to express those unspoken "meanings" I mentioned above. "Images in THE VISIBLE COMPENDIUM are just as stunningly beautiful as ever." -- Gunvor Nelson "[His] Compendium is a perfect counter part, it seems to me, to the placement of Sophia's length and breadth, in so much as this new work presents dreams of the chores and diversions of the human world -- lacerated by two meditations on War: the 1st, an almost endless rain of missiles on an ancient chariot, the 2nd, [his] wondrous clown dancing on battleship cannons -- Bravo! Nothing could be clearer on the subject (especially welcome at this time); and in-between (as suggested slightly before and slightly after) a feelsome balance spectrum of dreamed dailiness finally exposed as -- if one can but see it as [he has]--the greatest show on Earth." -- Stan Brakhage

Rental: $45.00
16mm Rental: $45.00

Larry Jordan

Candy Colors: An Interview with Stan Brakhage (2007) DVD NTSC, Color, 40 min

Genre: Documentary

Keywords: Art & Artists, Biography, Films about Film, Media, Personal / Diary / Journal

An interview with Stan Brakhage.

DVD NTSC Sale: $500.00

Larry Jordan

Blue Skies Beyond the Looking Glass (2006) DVD NTSC, Color, 15 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Films about Film, Media

Ever dance the mambo with silent film stars and Jordan animation? That's what you get with "Blue Skies Beyond the Looking Glass". It's raucus. It's lush. It's delirium. Here are just a few stars in the film: Eric Von Stroheim Greta Garbo Gary Cooper Buster Keaton Lilian Gish Mary Pickford Lionel Barrymore Lon Chaney Joan Crawford Marie Dressler Charlie Chaplin What more can I say?

DVD NTSC Sale: $300.00

Larry Jordan

Postcard From San Miguel (1996) DVD NTSC, Color, 8 min

Genre: Experimental

Keywords: Environment & Nature, Landscape & Architecture

The mystery and the beauty of Mexico's high desert colonial town, its churches, its abandoned silver mine, its statues and colored streets. Lines from Garcia Lorca.

DVD NTSC Sale: $200.00

Larry Jordan

Enid's Idyll (2004) DVD NTSC, Color, 17 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Animation. Jordan has used 46 engraved Dore illustration to IDYLLS OF THE KING as settings for his extravigantly romantic saga. As Enid, the protagonist, is seen in a vast array of scenes from deep forests to castle keeps, her champion is sometimes with her, sometimes away fighting archetypal foes. She dies, and through the magic of Gustav Mahler's resurrection symphony, lives again. Both the black and white and the color-tint versions are equally affecting. Main themes love, death, and resurrection. Please note that there is a separate black and white version of this film.

DVD NTSC Sale: $400.00

Larry Jordan

The Miracle of Don Cristobal (2008) DVD NTSC, Color, 11 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Keywords: Art & Artists

For a long time I have wanted to construct a melodrama (animated) from the funky engravings of the 19th century which illustrated "young peoples" adventure stories. Eventually, through a great deal of selection, such a film fell into place. I have attempted to present the high emotional overlay of very mundane events in this "alchemical melodrama." To that end, Puccini combines with blatent sound of police sirens and old door buzzers on the sound track, while "real" and nightmare images compete for screen time.

DVD NTSC Sale: $200.00

Larry Jordan

The Forty and One Nights (1961) DVD NTSC, Color, 6 min

Genre: Animation, Experimental

Painter and Collage artist, Jess (Collins) performs 41 (now lost) collages to (his) selected sound bits in the manner of a turn-of-the-century nickelodeon.

DVD NTSC Sale: $250.00

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