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Despondent Divorcee

Short Film (Full Length) – 1995

PG
Parental Guidance

This short film takes its title from Russell Corgi's famous 1942 Buffalo Courier Express photograph of the exterior of the Genesee Hotel. Directed by Jonathan Ogilvie, the film is a series of close-ups of the photo coolly unfurling to reveal the full image. The snippets are overdubbed with a beguiling film noir-styled narration that imagines the context behind the extraordinary shot. Divorcee screened at many film festivals including in competition at Cannes in 1995. Corgi's photo was also referenced in the 'Passengers' issue of Neil Gaiman's Sandman comics.

The chance that every photographer dreams of — to be in the right place at the right time — fell into my lap ...
– Photographer Russell Corgi, on the original context

Key Cast & Crew

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Jonathan Ogilvie

Producer, Writer, Director, Editor

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Roger Norris

As: Man

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Amanda Pearson

As: Woman

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Janet Merewether

Cinematographer

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Chris Abrahams

Composer

Produced by

Black Frame Productions