Rose Hobart (1936)

Unrated  |   |  Short  |  December 1936 (USA)
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Footage selected from 'East of Borneo' and other films is arranged and edited so as to highlight actress Rose Hobart.


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Uncredited cast:
Man (from East of Borneo (1931) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Woman (from East of Borneo (1931)) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Noble Johnson ...
Man (from East of Borneo (1931) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Georges Renavent ...
Man (from East of Borneo (1931) (archive footage) (uncredited)
Lupita Tovar ...
Woman (from East of Borneo (1931)) (archive footage) (uncredited)


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

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One of the 50 films in the 4-disk boxed DVD set called "Treasures from American Film Archives (2000)", compiled by the National Film Preservation Foundation from 18 American film archives. This film was preserved by Anthology Film Archive. See more »


Edited from East of Borneo (1931) See more »

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An Unusual & Interesting Experiment
23 September 2005 | by (Ohio) – See all my reviews

This unusual and interesting experiment is a bit hard to categorize or even to describe. Edited together by Joseph Cornell entirely from preexisting footage, it doesn't really attempt to tell a story so much as to establish a mood (and/or an image) surrounding its star Rose Hobart. Her footage from "East of Borneo" makes up the bulk of the movie, supplemented by footage taken from some other sources.

Cornell clearly had great enthusiasm for the project, and he used some ingenuity in deciding how to piece everything together. Besides the main task of selecting and editing the footage, he used a filter to give the movie a distinctive purplish tint, adjusted the projection speed, and also chose a (seemingly incongruous) soundtrack. A different soundtrack might have given it an entirely different feel, although the samba music apparently gave it the tone that Cornell was looking for. The result is a very quirky movie that is pretty interesting despite some flaws.

It helps to watch it over again, because in so doing the overall pattern becomes clearer - not that you should expect it to make logical sense, but instead the more dreamlike unity of the collected footage begins to stand out. It is appropriate that the movie is named for Hobart, because her image is constantly on-screen, in a great variety of situations. Since there is never a story connection from one shot to the next, what you are left with is an increasing emphasis on Hobart herself, the various things she is doing, and how she seems to be feeling.

Overall, the movie might be more interesting than enjoyable, and it really is imaginative rather than masterful, but you won't see too many movies like this. It's worth seeing a couple of times, to take in everything that is going on.

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