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By Night with Torch and Spear (1942)

Montage of archive footage from industrial, nature and ethnographic documentaries -- a steelworks, caterpillars, Native American dances, camel trains -- made strange by juxtaposition and upside-down, backwards and negative printing.

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Joseph Cornell
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Montage of archive footage from industrial, nature and ethnographic documentaries -- a steelworks, caterpillars, Native American dances, camel trains -- made strange by juxtaposition and upside-down, backwards and negative printing.

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3 March 2009 (USA) See more »

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Ночью с факелом и копьем See more »

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Almost Unwatchable
27 April 2019 | by HitchcocSee all my reviews

So our boy Cornell throws together a bunch of leftover footage, presents it upside down or backwards, sometimes the negatives, but a hodgepodge of stuff going on. This is presented as an art film, but I think it is one of those things that should never have been foisted on the public. I'm sure Mr. Cornell learned a good deal, but there is no real center here. But at least I can talk about it.


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