The Films of Man Ray
During the 1920s Man Ray made four short experimental films and collaborated on a host of other projects with people such as Marcel Duchamp, Fernand Léger, René Clair and Hans Richter. These works, along with a series of cinematic essays and home movies made during the 1920s and 1930s, represent the most important contribution to the development of an alternative mode of filmmaking in the early twentieth century. This book explores Man Ray’s cinematic interactions from the perspective of his interdisciplinary artistic sensibility, creating links between film, photography, painting, poetry, music, architecture, dance and sculpture. By exposing his preoccupation with form, and his ambiguous relationship with the politics and aesthetics of the Dada and Surrealist movements, the author paints an intimate and complex portrait of Man Ray the filmmaker.
Notes Introduction 1 In J.-M. Bouhours and P. De Haas (eds), Man Ray: directeur du mauvais movies, Paris: Centre Pompidou, 1997, p. 7. 2 Man Ray’s relationship with photography was complex. Although it was the medium through which he earned a livi...
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