Premiered as an entr’acte for the Ballets Suédois production Relâche at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris. Relâche is based on a book and with settings by Francis Picabia, produced by Rolf de Maré, and with choreography by Jean Börlin.
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Sublime early short from Rene Clair that serves as a fine showcase for the French dada movement. Taking a Keatonesque situation and applying absurdism and experimental editing techniques something quite special was created.
Attend a Paris Dada soiree circa 1924 in the company of Francis Picabia, Rene Clair, Man Ray, and Marcel Duchamp. Splendidly sustained by the symphonic score of (the anti-surrealist) Satie. You are lucky to have a ticket!
Ni un film particulièrement bon, ni même une oeuvre d'art significative .... juste un joyeux happening entre potes ==== Nor a particularly good movie, or even a significant work of art .... just a joyous happening between friends ...
Cinema as "movement-image", dynamic, kinaesthetic, ballistic, shot(s) at the audience, to elicit or induce. Movement defines the images - inflating, distorting, spinning, slowing, inverting, superimposing - and thus creates the moment (with Satie's synesthetic (cine-aesthetic?) score as propulsive and elastic as Clair's camera.) Meaning is born of the instant in motion. And playfully received! Delirious fun.
Absolutely lovely Dada film. The image of the men and women running in slow motion at the funeral is one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen in a movie. Very fun, very playful, very funny and definitely cinematically brilliant.