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The Seashell and the Clergyman (1928)
"La coquille et le clergyman" (original title)

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Obsessed with a general's woman, a clergyman has strange visions of death and lust, struggling against his own eroticism.

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Alex Allin ...
Le clergyman
Genica Athanasiou ...
La femme du général
Lucien Bataille ...
Le général
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Obsessed with a general's woman, a clergyman has strange visions of death and lust, struggling against his own eroticism.

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16 February 1933 (Japan)  »

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A kagyló és a lelkész  »

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The British Board of Film Censors banned this film in the UK in 1927, saying, "This film is so obscure as to have no apparent meaning. If there is a meaning, it is doubtless objectionable." See more »

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One of most celebrated avant garde movie of all time
4 November 2005 | by (Pakistan) – See all my reviews

The predecessor of Un Chien Andalou and directed by the lone woman filmmaker of her time, La Coquille et le Clergyman is one of the most celebrated of French avant-garde movies of the '20s, partly because Antonin Artaud wrote the script, partly because the British censor of the time banned it with the legendary words 'If this film has a meaning, it is doubtless objectionable'. Artaud was reputedly unhappy with Dulac's realization of his scenario, and it's true that the story's anti-clericalism (a priest develops a lustful passion that plunges him into bizarre fantasies) is somewhat undermined by the director's determined visual lyricism. But the fragmentation of the narrative and the innovative imagery remain provocative, and the film is of course fascinating testimony to the currents of its time.


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