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The Mysteries of the Chateau de De (1929)

Les mystères du château de Dé (original title)
Mannequin hands hold a pair of dice. A castle is perched on a hilltop. Below it, a posh, modern villa. Meanwhile, far from Paris, two men with masked faces play dice in a bar. They decide ... See full summary »

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Mannequin hands hold a pair of dice. A castle is perched on a hilltop. Below it, a posh, modern villa. Meanwhile, far from Paris, two men with masked faces play dice in a bar. They decide to drive to Paris. Country roads, hills, fences. The posh "chateau" appears again: meticulous garden, fancy interior, odd sculptures. And at home? "No one, NO ONE." For the next two days, masked figures play dice, frolic by the pool, perform exercises with a ball. Two new figures arrive. Masked. They search and find the dice. They dance. Mannequin hands hold a pair of dice. Written by David Carless

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Premiered with Un Chien Andalou (1929) at Studio des Ursulines. Man Ray wanted a second film to show with his own and was introduced to Luis Buñuel, who had just completed Un Chien Andalou (1929) with Salvador Dalí. See more »

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THE MYSTERIES OF THE Château OF DICE {Short} (Man Ray, 1929) ***
15 January 2014 | by (Naxxar, Malta) – See all my reviews

This is one of the more watchable efforts from the Kino "Avant-Garde" set (no mean feat, really, given the excess of triviality on display!), if essentially due to its intrinsic weirdness. It is bookended by shots of mannequins holding a pair of dice: whether these 'pull the strings' with respect to the remaining 'plot', where characters' actions seem to be determined by whether they decide to play the game or not, remains – given the film's title – its biggest mystery to this viewer!

Apparently, one of the two protagonists who go to a country villa and have a run of the place for 2 days (since it is uninhabited), is the director himself…but it is hard to tell due to the fact that all the characters wear tights over their heads, completely obscuring their facial features! Eventually, two new figures enter the proceedings – they dance a little (negative exposition takes over briefly at this point) and stumble upon the dice…effectively bringing things full-circle and, thus, back to where we came in!


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