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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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Works cited 50 visages de Juliet, 1941–1955. A.D MCMXIV, Man Ray, 1914. Admiration of the Orchestrelle for the Cinematograph, Man Ray, 1919. L’ Aurore des objets, Man Ray, 1937. Autoportait ou Ce qui manque à nous tous, Man Ray, 1927. Ballet français, Man Ray, 1957/71. Ballet Silhouette, Man Ray, 1916. Bd Edgar Quinet à minuit, Man Ray, 1924. Breakfast in Fur, Meret Oppenheim, 1936. Cadeau, Man Ray, 1921. City Rises, The, Umberto Boccioni, 1910. Dance, Man Ray, 1915. Danger/Dancer, Man Ray,1920. Dynamism of a Dog on a Leash, Giacomo Balla, 1912. Enigma of Isidore Ducass, The (The Riddle), Man Ray, 1920. Etoile de verre, Man Ray, 1965. Fisherman’s Idol, Man Ray, 1926. La Gioconda (Mona Lisa), Leonardo da Vinci, 1503–5. A l’heure de l’Observatoire – les amoureux, Man Ray, 1933–4. Homme d’af faires, Man Ray, 1926. Indestructible Object, Man Ray, 1923. Lampshade, Man Ray, 1917. L.H.O.O.Q., Marcel Duchamp, 1919. Man, Man Ray, 1918. Montparnasse, Man Ray, 1961. Moving Sculpture, Man Ray, 1920. New York, Man Ray, 1917. New York, Man Ray, 1920. Noire et Blanche, Man Ray, 1926. Nude Descending a Staircase, Marcel Duchamp, 1912. Nusch et Ady, Man Ray, 1937. Obstruction, Man Ray, 1920. L’oeil cacodylate, Francis Picabia, 1921. 298 Works cited Pain Peint, Man Ray, 1960. Piscinéma, Man Ray, 1965. La résille, Man Ray, 1931. Le Retour à la raison, Man Ray, 1931. The Rope Dancer Accompanies Herself With Her Shadows, Man Ray, 1916. Rotary Demisphere (Precision Optics), Marcel Duchamp, 1925. Rotary Glass Plates (Precision...

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