An absolute dada movie. Somebody gets killed, his coffin gets out of control and after a chase it stops. The person gets out of it and let everybody who followed the coffin dissapear.

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Jean Börlin ...
Le chasseur au chapeau tyrolien / Le prestidigitateur
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La ballerine (as Mlle Frïss)
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Un homme qui charge le canon
Marcel Duchamp ...
Un joueur d'échecs
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Un joueur d'échecs (as Man-Ray)
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Darius Milhaud
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An absolute surrealistic movie. Somebody gets killed, his coffin gets out of control and after a surrelistic chase it stops. The person gets out of it and let everybody who followed the coffin disapear. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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Excellent example of the French avant-garde
5 May 2012 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

This is an avant-garde movie and as such it's theme and plot are unclear, which is as intended because the movie is ore about special effects than about telling an actual story. This movie directs the audiences' attention to such everyday occurrences as movement, personal interactions, dancing, and running. People are part of some kind of funeral procession, but what catches the attention is the various actions that take place as the procession proceeds. Mourning is replaced by an almost frenetic need to stay active, and the movie shows this through the use of some innovative techniques, including slow-motion, use of montage, and multiple superimposed exposures, all of which convey the sense that something intense is happening. This movie is an excellent example of the French avant-garde genre which had a major influenced on cinematic styles in Europe and the United States.


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