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A Cinematic Artist

The Films of Man Ray

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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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391 21, 258 n1 abstraction 49, 82, 59, 80, 264 n84, 129 and architecture 197–8 in Autoportrait ou Ce qui manque à nous tous (c. 1930) 236 in Emak Bakia (1926) 64–7, 71, 83–4, 88–9, 97–9, 100, 102, 105–7, 111, 247, 251 in L’Etoile de mer (1928) 136–7, 145, 147, 150, 153, 247 in Man Ray’s art 3, 40, 55–6, 58, 65, 66, 108–9, 119–20, 174, 244 in Les Mystères du Château du Dé (1929) 168, 173–4, 180–1, 196–7, 200, 211, 231–2, 251 in Le Retour à la raison (1921) 26–7, 49, 51, 52–3, 54–60, 61, 251 in Rue Campagne-Première (c. 1923–9) 231–2 and space 196–7 abstract film 11, 12, 31–2, 33, 34, 56, 76–7, 89, 98, 105, 129, 178–90 aerography 3, 4, 27, 194, 249, 256 n7 airbrush painting see aerography Alexandrov, Grigori 157–8 Allégret, Marc 5, 160, 256 n16 androgyny 69, 143–4 animation 5, 70–1, 73, 89, 102, 104–5, 145, 207, 209, 247 anti-art, notion of 12, 22–3, 35, 59, 281 n65 see also Dada Apollinaire, Guillaume 78, 184, 259 n19 Aragon, Louis 77, 80, 118, 120, 123, 244 architecture 57, 169 and the body 186, 193, 202–4, 209 and film 13, 31, 165, 167, 169–73, 182, 191 and space 167, 194, 195, 197–202 and Surrealism 182–3 see also Mallet-Stevens, Robert Arensberg, Walter Conrad...

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