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Experimental film, white specks and shapes gyrating over a black background, a light-striped torso, a gyrating eggcrate. One of the first Dadaist films. Written by
Bruce Cameron <firstname.lastname@example.org>
The movie started production when Tristan Tzara presented Man Ray with the program of a Dadaist festival he was planning. Man Ray saw there was a certain "exhibition of a Dadaist movie by Man Ray" printed on it, and suddenly realized he had to do something about it. He decided to make it by placing objects over pieces of film inside a darkroom and then turning the lights on to print their shadows on the film. There is no audio track. See more »
This is the first (read: earliest) of 4 Man Ray efforts in the AVANT- GARDE: EXPERIMENTAL CINEMA OF THE 1920s AND '30s 2-Disc collection from Kino and, at a mere 2 minutes, also the shortest among them (indeed on the entire set).
Basically, it plays like a dry-run for the subsequent EMAK-BAKIA aka LEAVE ME ALONE (1927), since a few key moments (that is to say, abstract images) are replicated wholesale within it! The meaning of the film's title, then, is anybody's guess...but I cannot end this review without saying that Man Ray contrives to end it on shots of a naked woman (which necessitated me to log into my "You Tube" account to access it)!
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