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16 February 1933 (Japan) See more »
Obsessed with a general's woman, a clergyman has strange visions of death and lust, struggling against his own eroticism. | Add synopsis »
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Alex Allin ... Le clergyman
Genica Athanasiou ... La femme du général
Lucien Bataille ... Le général

Directed by
Germaine Dulac 
Writing credits
(in alphabetical order)
Antonin Artaud  writer
Germaine Dulac  uncredited

Produced by
Germaine Dulac .... producer (uncredited)
Original Music by
Iris ter Schiphorst 
Cinematography by
Paul Guichard 
Paul Parguel 
Second Unit Director or Assistant Director
Louis Ronjat .... assistant director

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Also Known As:
"La coquille et le clergyman" - France (original title)
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Germany:41 min (restored version) | Argentina:28 min
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1.33 : 1 See more »
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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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A Landmark Film, 7 April 2011
Author: markallankaplan from United States

"The Seashell and the Clergyman" is the cinematic masterpiece of Germaine Dulac, mother of the first French Avant-Gard. Dulac is also believed to be one of the very first feminist filmmakers and this work is considered by many to be the very first Surrealistic film ever made (coming out one year before "Un Chien Andalou"). Many have tried to interpret this film from various perspectives but it has remained an enigma. Dulac called her work "integral cinema" and amazingly the constructs of this film hauntingly reflect patterns of what is now called Integral Theory (Ken Wilber, 1995). Looking back on this film through the lens of Integral Theory, everything makes sense and we see that this work and Dulac were just many years ahead of their time.

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