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La coquille et le clergyman

Author: Germaine DulacAntonin ArtaudAlex AllinLucien BatailleGénica AthanasiouAll authors
Publisher: [Paris] : Light Cone, ©2009.
Edition/Format:   DVD video : PAL color broadcast system : FrenchView all editions and formats
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A clergyman, committed by his calling to celibacy but in love with a romantic beauty, is afflicted by sexual torments he is unable to resolve. The surrealist film is composed of a series of episodes using Freudian imagery to express the clergyman's mental anguish. Directed in 1927 by Germaine Dulac, it is considered to be the first surrealist film. At its Studio des Ursulines premiere, the Surrealist group provoked  Read more...
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Genre/Form: Surrealist films
Silent films
Short films
Experimental films
Motion pictures
Drama
Material Type: Videorecording
Document Type: Visual material
All Authors / Contributors: Germaine Dulac; Antonin Artaud; Alex Allin; Lucien Bataille; Génica Athanasiou; Alain Virmaux; Prosper Hillairet; Odette Virmaux; Light Cone (Firm)
ISBN: 9782912539380 2912539382
OCLC Number: 589239229
Language Note: Menus in French and English; special features have optional English subtitles; book in French and English.
Notes: Contains the original silent black-and-white film (40 min.) as well as three versions with musical accompaniment. Also included are two interviews with Alain Virmaux and P. Hillairet, "Tumulte aux Ursulines" (15 min.) and "Surimpressions" (33 min.).
Includes the book Artaud/Dulac : La coquille et le clergyman : essai d'élucidation d'une querelle mythique = The seashell and the clergyman : an attempt to shed light on a mythic incident / Alain et Odette Virmaux ; translated from French by Dominique Virmaux, Tami Williams.
Credits: Photography, Paul Guichard.
Cast: Alex Allin, Lucien Bataille, Genica Athanasiou.
Description: 1 videodisc : sd., b&w with col. bonus features ; 4 3/4 in. + 1 book (155 p. : ill. ; 19 cm.)
Details: DVD; PAL; region free; stereo.
Other Titles: Artaud/Dulac.
Seashell and the clergyman
Responsibility: scénario d'Antonin Artaud ; composition visuelle de Germaine Dulac.

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A clergyman, committed by his calling to celibacy but in love with a romantic beauty, is afflicted by sexual torments he is unable to resolve. The surrealist film is composed of a series of episodes using Freudian imagery to express the clergyman's mental anguish. Directed in 1927 by Germaine Dulac, it is considered to be the first surrealist film. At its Studio des Ursulines premiere, the Surrealist group provoked an uproar that would become one of the great "scandals" of the 1920s. Along with contemporary musical accompaniments, this DVD edition features a video account of the premiere and a presentation of the film and its importance in the history of cinema and feminism.

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