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The Seashell and the Clergyman (1928)

La coquille et le clergyman (original title)
Obsessed with a general's woman, a clergyman has strange visions of death and lust, struggling against his own eroticism.

Director:

Germaine Dulac

Writer:

Antonin Artaud
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Credited cast:
Alex Allin Alex Allin ... Le clergyman
Genica Athanasiou Genica Athanasiou ... La femme du général
Lucien Bataille Lucien Bataille ... Le général
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Obsessed with a general's woman, a clergyman has strange visions of death and lust, struggling against his own eroticism.

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Short

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Considered by many to be the first surrealist film. See more »

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Featured in Empire of the Censors (1995) See more »

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Surreal and thought provoking feature.
18 January 2021 | by CinemaSerfSee all my reviews

Germaine Dulac has created a monster here... Not in any kaiju sense, but by taking a surreal swipe at just about every element of the masculine-driven, religiously flawed environment of the world in the 1920s. The eponymous priest - Alex Allin harbours none too subtle desires about the mistress of "le général" (Lucien Bataille) - the beautiful Genica Athanasiou, and the next half hour illustrates some of the complex ramifications of this infatuation. Now I have watched this many times, each time thinking as I get older, that the penny may drop and that I shall discover a deeper meaning... Each time, I thoroughly enjoy the intimate, creative imagery and the truly characterful performances, but am still really none the wiser. I think that's what is enthralling about this short enigma of a feature. It stimulates questions, but doesn't answer any of them... Clearly, the director has an agenda, and a political point to make - but we are left to imagine a healthy amount of what this might be about. Is it erotic? Is it about frustration, excess...? I still don't really know....


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Country:

France

Language:

None

Release Date:

16 February 1933 (Japan) See more »

Also Known As:

A kagyló és a lelkész See more »

Filming Locations:

Paris, France

Company Credits

Production Co:

Délia Film See more »
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Technical Specs

Runtime:

(restored)

Sound Mix:

Silent

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
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