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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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When the movie - a very short, soundless abstract piece - was first exhibited, a man in the audience stood up and complained it was giving him a headache. Another man told him to shut up, and they both started to fight. They left the theater fighting and the police were called in to stop the fight. See more »

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THE RETURN TO REASON {Short} (Man Ray, 1923) **
12 January 2014 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

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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