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Emak-Bakia (1927)

 -  Short  -  6 March 1927 (USA)
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A long series of unrelated images, revolving, often distorted: lights, flowers, nails. A lightboard appears from time to time carrying the news of the day. Then, an eye. A woman in a car ... See full summary »

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A long series of unrelated images, revolving, often distorted: lights, flowers, nails. A lightboard appears from time to time carrying the news of the day. Then, an eye. A woman in a car drives along country roads. Farm animals. She descends from the car, again and again. Images: dancing legs, seashore, swimming fish, geometric shapes, cut glass. A man removes his starched collar. It rotates. A girl has garishly painted eyes. No, she's only fooling. Those were her eyelids. Written by David Carless

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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 was called in to stop the fight. See more »

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5 January 2009 | by (United States) – See all my reviews

Emak-Bakia means "Leave me alone" in Basque. I think the idea that Ray's repetitive shot of women stepping out of a car is evidence of a "foot fetish" is ridiculous. As is the idea that this film is "deeply pretentious." He was basically fooling around with a film camera, exploring different techniques and illusions, and later wrote that the end of the film was meant to show his audiences that he wasn't being "too arty." I also don't think this is a failed Surrealist film; consider it an "automatic film," as he called it, not a moving Dali painting. Automatic processes are closer to Surrealism's roots than representative dream imagery, anyway. Watch his later film "Etoile de mer" if you want to see something resembling "La coquille et le clergyman" or "Un chien andalou." By the way, calling a Dadaist's work "meaningless" would have been the highest compliment. If you want to see the legacy of Ray's experiments in film, watch something by a guy named Stan Brakhage.


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