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A Cinematic Artist

The Films of Man Ray


Kim Knowles

The American artist Man Ray was one of the most influential figures of the historical avant-garde, contributing significantly to the development of both Dadaism and Surrealism. Whilst his pioneering work in photography assured him international acclaim, his activity in other areas, notably film, is to this day both unknown and undervalued.
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.


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Filmography L’ Age d’or, Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí, 1930. Anémic Cinéma, Marcel Duchamp, 1926. Ballet mécanique, Fernand Léger, Dudley Murphy, Man Ray, 1924. Biceps et bijoux, Jacques Manuel, 1928. The Blue Angel, Josef von Sternberg, 1931. Carmen, la de Triana, Florián Rey, 1938. Un Chien andalou, Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí, 1929. Cinq minutes de cinéma pur, Henri Chomette, 1926. College Chums, Edwin S. Porter, 1907. La Coquille et le Clergyman, Germaine Dulac, 1927. Demolition d’un mur, Auguste Lumière, 1895. Dreams That Money Can Buy, Hans Richter, 1948. Emak Bakia, Man Ray, 1926. Les Enfants du paradis, Marcel Carné, 1945. Entr’acte, René Clair, 1924. L’Etoile de mer, Man Ray, 1928. Filmstudie, Hans Richter, 1926. Ghosts Before Breakfast (Vormittagsspuk), Hans Richter, 1929. L’Inhumaine, Marcel L’Herbier, 1923. The Jazz Singer, Alan Crosland, 1927. Jeux des ref lets et de la vitesse, Henri Chomette, 1924. Le Jour se lève, Marcel Carné, 1939. King Kong, Merian C. Cooper and Ernest B. Schoedsack, 1933. Lichtspiel Schwartz-Weiß-Grau, László Moholy-Nagy, 1930. Manhatta, Charles Sheeler and Paul Strand, 1921. The Man With a Movie Camera, Dziga Vertov, 1929. Les Mystères du Château du Dé, Man Ray, 1929. Paris la belle, Jacques Prévert, 1960. Prague Castle (Na Pražském hradě), Alexandr Hackenschmied, 1931. Le Retour à la raison, Man Ray, 1923. Rhythmus 21, Hans Richter, 1921. Rhythmus 23, Hans Richter, 1923. Rigolboche, Christian-Jaque, 1936. 296 Filmography La Roue, Abel Gance, 1924. Le Sang...

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