Two men approach a canon and fire it. Rifle-range dummies sway in the wind. A dancing ballerina turns into a strange bearded man. Two men on a roof-top terrace play a game of chess. A funeral procession, moving in slow motion, follows a coffin pulled by a camel. What can it all mean…? –Films de France
Born under the name of René Chomette in 1898, René Clair René Clair started life as a journalist and then turned to the cinema in 1920. At first an actor and assistant director, he started making films with Paris qui dort and Entr’acte (1924), a pearl of the surrealist cinema.
Commercial success and critical acclaim came with the brilliant farce comedy, An Italian Straw Hat (1927) followed by his famous early musical talkies, Le Million (1931) and A nous la liberté (1932). He continued his career in Hollywood during the war and came back to France to make the films of his mature years, Le Silence est d’or (1947) et Les Grandes manœuvres (1955). René Clair was elected to the Académie Française in 1960 and died in 1981. —Octuor de France
Fim, pelo senhor Mário de Sá Carneiro. Paris, 1916: "Quando eu morrer batam em latas,/ Rompam aos saltos e aos pinotes,/ Façam estalar no ar chicotes,/ Chamem palhaços e acrobatas!// Que o meu caixão vá sobre um burro/ ajaezado à andaluza.../ A um morto nada se recusa,/ E eu quero por força ir de burro!"