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Directed by Man Ray

Directed by Man Ray

Man Ray was an American visual artist who spent most of his career in Paris. He was a significant contributor to the Dada and Surrealist movements, although his ties to each were informal. He produced major works in a variety of media but considered himself a painter above all and was best known for his photography. In the 1920s, Man Ray directed a number of influential avant-garde short films, known as Cinéma Pur, all presented here - including the experimental “Retour à la raison”, the first 'cine-rayograph', a motion picture made without the use of a camera.

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Directed by Man Ray
  • Emak Bakia

    Man Ray said he made this short in strick conformity with Surrealist principles.

  • L'Etoile de Mer

    A more integrated and consciously "surrealistic" work by Man Ray, inspired by Robert Desnos' poem, with a love affair that unites the whole film.

  • Les Mystères du Château de Dé

    Man Ray and J.A. Boiffard explore an art connoisseur's modern chateau, and construct a number of visual jokes around it.

  • Retour à la Raison

    The surviving fragment of Man Ray's first "underground" film produced in France.