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Return to Reason (1923)

Le retour à la raison (original title)
Experimental film, white specks and shapes gyrating over a black background, a light-striped torso, a gyrating eggcrate. One of the first Dadaist films.

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Experimental film, white specks and shapes gyrating over a black background, a light-striped torso, a gyrating eggcrate. One of the first Dadaist films. Written by Bruce Cameron <dumarest@midcoast.com>

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The movie started production when Tristan Tzara presented Man Ray with the program of a Dadaist festival he was planning. Man Ray saw there was a certain "exhibition of a Dadaist movie by Man Ray" printed on it, and suddenly realized he had to do something about it. He decided to make it by placing objects over pieces of film inside a darkroom and then turning the lights on to print their shadows on the film. There is no audio track. See more »

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dadaist delight
9 November 2017 | by See all my reviews

Quick and to the point (not that there is much of a (clear) point), Man Ray's works are some of the most unique in artistic history, and his film, in particular, are quite fascinating. While Ray is better known for still photography, he takes full advantage of the grand invention of cinema by infiltrating his films with constant movement. Shapes are deformed and inanimate objects become animate...it's all very avant garde and will probably please those who enjoy the experimental, surreal, and unique.


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