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Film: Songs of Innocence and Experience: Lawrence Jordan

Songs of Innocence and Experience: Lawrence Jordan includes 2 free films: "Our Lady of the Sphere" (1969, 9 min.) and the Rime of the Ancient Mariner (1977, 42 min.). These two films, presented in conjunction with the Block Museum’s exhibition William Blake and the Age of Aquarius, look at the connections between Blake's work and American experimental film of the late 1960s and early 1970s. The two seminal works by the great experimental filmmaker Lawrence Jordan showcases his masterful collage animation style. Jordan’s films mirror the mysteriousness and hallucinatory qualities of Blake’s poetry. The Rime of the Ancient Mariner is one of his more straightforward films. Based on the poem by Blake’s fellow Romantic Samuel Taylor Coleridge, Jordan’s film visualizes the story, with narration by Orson Welles, without losing the poem’s sense of strangeness and wonder. Jordan’s best-known film, Our Lady of the Sphere, follows the travels through space, and perhaps time, of a strange orb-headed being, who might be an explorer or might yield some unknown power over the places visited.   Type: Visual Arts.
Block Cinema, Northwestern University
40 Arts Circle
Evanston, IL
(847) 491-4000