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André Breton (1896–1966)

André Breton, one of the founders of Surrealism who studied to be a medical doctor and survived the First World War, became a writer and applied his knowledge of medicine and psychiatry to create innovative literature and art. He was born on February 18, 1896, in Tichebray, Normandy, France. He was the only child in the family of a government clerk... See full bio »


(age 70) in Paris, France

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 2016 4 Days in France (verse: Vers & fragments)
 1997 Le bassin de J.W. (text "L'amour fou")
 1984 Flor de corazón (Short)
 1972 Fragments of an Alms-Film (text - as A. Breton)
 1966 Molinier (Documentary short) (commentary)
 1953 Alouette du parloir (Short) (poem)
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 1953 Alouette du parloir (Short)
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 1994 Nadja (respects)
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 1959 Fair Season Is Near (Documentary short)
 1951 Saint-Germain-des-Prés (Documentary short)
 1930 The Bearded Heart (Short)
Himself (poet, founder of Surrealism)
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 2011 Chez Frida Kahlo (TV Movie documentary)

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A. Breton


5' 8½" (1.74 m)

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The simplest Surrealist act consists of dashing down the street, pistol in hand, and firing blindly, as fast as you can pull the trigger, into the crowd. Anyone who, at least once in his life, has not dreamed of thus putting an end to the petty system of debasement and cretinization in effect has a well-defined place in that crowd with his belly at barrel-level. [from: "Manifestoes of Surrealism"... See more »


Child (second marriage): Aube


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