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The Mysteries of the Chateau de De (1929)
"Les mystères du château de Dé" (original title)

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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 ... 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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Early dadaist film -- don't watch it if you want it to make sense
30 January 2006 | by (The New Intangible College) – See all my reviews

What happens if one gives a dadaist a camera, a modernist château, the cooperation of the patrons and château-owners, and friends? A pastiche of shaky travel images, poetic intertitles, absurd images of people with no faces (stockings or masks), inexplicable action, recurring episodes of dice-rolling, swimming in the handsome pool, exercise, and interiors. Footage cobbled together. Some good puns (piscinema) and such, but mostly tedious, full of dark, inexpert photography, obscure poetic tags, and gratuitous absurdity—much like a the work of a pretentious art-school person with his or her first camera and some film stock to shoot. Still, it's probably one of the first of such things, and thus has a place in film history.


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