A spiral design spins dizzily. It's replaced by a spinning disk. These two continue in perfect alternation until the end: a spiral design, a disk. Each disk is labelled and can be read as ... See full summary »
Black and white rectangular images fade in and out of the screen. Their movement make them sometimes look like they're panning from side to side. Their movement also make the black and ... See full summary »
A tilted figure, consisting largely of right angles at the beginning, grows by accretion, with the addition of short straight lines and curves which sprout from the existing design. The ... See full summary »
A couple is brutally murdered in the working-class district of Paris. Later on, the narrative follows the lives of their two daughters, both in love with a Parisian thug and leading them to separate ways.
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 »
I like all of Man Ray's films, but this is the only one that I absolutely love. It was his first and is basically a series of experiments with light, shadows, and some innovative approaches to tampering with the actual film stock that precedes the films of Stan Brakhage. If you're a fan of his photography, this film is really little more than what you would expect - haunting black & white motion photography featuring nails, nude women and abstract objects.
I highly recommend watching this film to ambient music, especially some of the early Aphex Twin pieces. If you watch it in silence, you're going to deprive your senses and not really appreciate it as much. The film needs strange music to be enjoyed and as long as you're not expecting a story or characters, you should be pretty engaged. It's a great length, knowing to end before it gets too monotonous, unlike a lot of his later films.
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