A young man buys a pearl for his fiancée. He walks out of the jewelry store that opens onto a forest. He counts the pearls and realizes one is missing so he goes back to the store. On entering he catches sight of an alluring saleslady sitting on a showcase with her skirt lifted. On one of her stockings, close to the garter, another pearl necklace is tied. The young man takes it away from her. Outraged, the jeweler fires the assistant, who goes away with the man sitting on the handlebar of his bike. After this, the pearl is lost, found, lost again. —IMDb
Henri, 8th Duke d’Ursel (1900 – 1974) was a Belgian film director and writer.
He lived in Paris during the 1920s, at the height of the surrealist and avant-garde movements. In 1929 he wrote La Perle, under the pseudonym “Henri d’Arche”, based on a story by Georges Hugnet.
Returning to Belgium, in 1937 d’Ursel founded Le Prix de l’Image, a precursor to film festivals of experimental cinema. At the outbreak of the second world war, he founded Le Séminaire des Arts, a prestigious Belgian film club, and precursor of the Musée du cinéma de Bruxelles.
D’Ursel was a friend of both Charles Dekeukeleire and Henri Storck. He was for 25 years vice-president of the Belgian Royal Film Archive. —Wikipedia
Plays like the wet dream of a man obsessed with the image of Irma Vep. In other words, brilliant.
The surreal travels of a pearl, a thief, a sleepwalker, a young man and his lover. Watch the entire short film here!