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Return to Reason (1923)
"Le retour à la raison" (original title)

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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.

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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 <dumarest@midcoast.com>

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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 »

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The best film of the gifted photographer Man Ray
4 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

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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