Thursday, March 12, 2009
Surrealist Film From 1923
Le Retour A La Raison (The Return to Reason) is a short black and white film by Man Ray from 1923. The music was composed and performed by Donald Sosin. This is really an intriguing film—and shows the joy of using a new medium in an entirely different way. Imagine, using nails, odd things hanging from strings, unrelated clips spliced together and other such things put together as a single artistic statement. Sure, it’s naive and awkward to our eyes today. But in 1923, this was new stuff—raw, cutting edge artistic experimentation.