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Emak-Bakia (1927)

| Short | 1930 (Italy)
A long series of unrelated images, revolving, often distorted: lights, flowers, nails. A lightboard appears from time to time carrying the news of the day. Then, an eye. A woman in a car ... See full summary »

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Kiki of Montparnasse ... Girl with painted eyes
Jacques Rigaut
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A long series of unrelated images, revolving, often distorted: lights, flowers, nails. A lightboard appears from time to time carrying the news of the day. Then, an eye. A woman in a car drives along country roads. Farm animals. She descends from the car, again and again. Images: dancing legs, seashore, swimming fish, geometric shapes, cut glass. A man removes his starched collar. It rotates. A girl has garishly painted eyes. No, she's only fooling. Those were her eyelids. Written by David Carless

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When the movie - a very short soundless abstract piece - was first exhibited, a man in the audience stood up and complained it was giving him a headache. Another man told him to shut up, and they both started to fight. They left the theater fighting and the police was called in to stop the fight. See more »

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LEAVE ME ALONE {Short} (Man Ray, 1926) **1/2
15 January 2014 | by See all my reviews

As explained in my review of the same film-maker's earlier and shorter THE RETURN TO REASON (1923), this is essentially an expansion of it: again, both the original, non-French title (EMAK-BAKIA) and the English moniker have no specific bearing on what we see on the screen!

Watching a number of avant-garde shorts in quick succession (culled from a Kino 2-Disc collection) is bound to make one forget to which effort a specific striking image belongs: I almost ascribed the scene involving a woman sporting a dual set of eyes (one real, one painted on her eyelids) – easily the most memorable image here – to an earlier short I had watched…go figure!


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