Dada came out of the craziness of World War One. "The birth of Dada was not the beginning of art but of disgust." Surrealism tried to systematize Dada's anarchy into an artistic blend of ... See full summary »
Dada came out of the craziness of World War One. "The birth of Dada was not the beginning of art but of disgust." Surrealism tried to systematize Dada's anarchy into an artistic blend of Freudian psychoanalysis and Marxist provocation. In the interests of conquering the irrational, Salvador Dali opened exhibitions dressed in a diving suit, Marcel Duchamp turned himself into woman, Benjamin Peret assaulted priests, and Yves Tanguy ate spiders. Andre Breton, nicknamed "the Pope of Surrealism", led an inspired gang of artists, lunatics and writers. By the 1950s they were denouncing each other for betraying the movement, but their ideas had infected Hollywood, advertising agencies and were turning up as TV humor and album covers. Written by
Two hour documentary on the Dada and Surrealist art movement
I cut this movie for the Arts Council of Great Britain in Sept. to November 1978. It was my first full film as an editor. It attempts to put on film the history of Dada and Surrealism using stills, contemporary film footage, television interviews (Marcel Duchamp was particularly charming, erudite and sly with his young female interviewer). As a film it fails. It becomes a book on film, and not what I had hoped it would be; a cinematic opening out of a widely known but little understood influence on 20th century western culture. Like many editors, I fought with Mick Gold the director to bring this about. Mick had managed to extract the largest budget to date from the Arts Council of Great Britain, allowing trips to various capitals around the world to shoot his story. He was unmoved by my attempts to restructure his paper script into a movie, He was the director, and I was the editor. Looking and listening to it now, I have a copy on Cassette, it is slow, ponderous, (especially the acted bits) and pompous, which only the hilarious sound poems of Kurt Schwitters manages to cut through. But still worth a look .
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