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Entr'acte (1924)

An absolute dada movie. Somebody gets killed, his coffin gets out of control and after a chase it stops. The person gets out of it and let everybody who followed the coffin dissapear.


René Clair


Francis Picabia (screenplay), René Clair (adaptation)




Complete credited cast:
Jean Börlin Jean Börlin ... Le chasseur au chapeau tyrolien / Le prestidigitateur
Inge Frïss ... La ballerine (as Mlle Frïss)
Francis Picabia Francis Picabia ... Un homme qui charge le canon
Marcel Duchamp ... Un joueur d'échecs
Man Ray ... Un joueur d'échecs (as Man-Ray)
Rest of cast listed alphabetically:
Darius Milhaud Darius Milhaud


An absolute surrealistic movie. Somebody gets killed, his coffin gets out of control and after a surrelistic chase it stops. The person gets out of it and let everybody who followed the coffin disapear. Written by Stephan Eichenberg <eichenbe@fak-cbg.tu-muenchen.de>

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This short is featured on the Criterion Collection DVD for À Nous la Liberté (1931). See more »


Referenced in Howlings in Favour of De Sade (1952) See more »

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Follow that coffin!

Rene Clair and the Marx Brothers once decided to make a movie together: it's a shame that it never happened. Maybe that movie exists in some alternate universe, and I'll bet it's hilarious. I enjoyed "Entr'acte", but I'd gladly trade this film for a chance to see Rene Clair's Marx Brothers movie.

Another IMDb reviewer has synopsised the plot, such as it is: a man apparently dies. After his funeral, his coffin escapes from its hearse, and then the man returns to life. The title "Entr'acte" (an interval between theatrical acts, or an intermission) is never explained; maybe it refers to the interval between that man's two lives. I prefer to think that Clair meant this somewhat amateurish film as a mere intermission: an amusing bit of fun between the acts of his 'real' films; the ones with coherent story lines.

Some of the content in this film truly does seem to be unintentional. After the central character's funeral, there's a stiff wind blowing outside the chapel. The women in this movie wear elaborate long dresses, and the wind animates their clothing in a way that's distracting rather than funny, and surely not meant to be symbolic.

Much of the imagery in this movie seems to be pure Dada rather than signifying anything. The man's funeral cortege is led by a camel. If there's any underlying significance there, I doubt that it amounts to much. Earlier on, I was intrigued by one sequence featuring Parisian chess players. While the camera focuses on the chessboard, a shot of Parisian traffic is superimposed: suggesting that all humanity are pawns in some cosmic chess game.

Don't look for too much meaning in "Entr'acte". It's an amusing experiment, but might have been more effective at a shorter length.

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4 October 1979 (USA) See more »

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Антракт See more »

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Les Ballets Suedois See more »
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