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Film Love: Surrealist Science November 14, 2008
8:00PM - - -
Price:  $6
Frequent Small Meals presents
Film Love #63
SURREALIST SCIENCE
The world of Jean Painlevé

(Surrealist Classics part 1)

curated by Andy Ditzler
co-sponsored by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy



Jean Painlevé, 1935

The astonishing underwater films of scientist and Surrealist fellow-traveler Jean Painlevé, along with a classic by his friend Jean Vigo, and a selection of very early science and medicine films from 1880s-1920s France.

Son of a Prime Minister, Surrealist author, collaborator with Antonin Artaud, and underwater scientist, Jean Painlevé was above all a filmmaker of extraordinary visual sense and sly wit. He was as much a part of the Surrealist movement as the scientific community, and his breathtaking images of sea life – mating octopi, seahorses giving birth, microscopic detail of sea urchins – have a built-in affinity with Surrealism.

A selection of Painlevé’s recently rediscovered films will be accompanied by some of his influences: a remarkable medical film from the 1890s, Etienne-Jules Marey’s early moving image experiments from the 1880s, and Jean Comandon's 1920s science films of plants blooming in time-lapse and mushroom cells fighting off parasites. Finally, Painlevé’s artistic friendship with the great director Jean Vigo will be explored with a screening of Vigo’s A Propos de Nice – a classic study of the French seaside city.

This is part one of a two-part series on classics of French Surrealism. Part two is Saturday November 15 and features the collaborative films of Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí.

Program:
Etienne Jules-Marey, early moving image experiments, 1880s, 3 minutes
Dr. Doyen, La séparation des Sœurs Siamoises (The Separation of Siamese Twins), 1898, 2 minutes
1920s films by Jean Comandon:
Les Champignons Prédateurs (Predatory Mushrooms), excerpt
Le Croissance des végétaux (The Growth of Plants), excerpt

films by Jean Painlevé:
Hyas et Sténorinques (Hyas and Stenorhynchus), 1929, 10 minutes
L'Hippocampe (The Sea Horse), 1934, 14 minutes
Oursins (Sea Urchins), 1954, 10 minutes
Les amours de la pieuvre (The Love Life of the Octopus), 1965, 13 minutes
Acéra ou le bal des sorcières (Acera or the Witches' Dance), 1972, 10 minutes

Jean Vigo, A Propos de Nice, 1930, 20 minutes screened in 16mm


image from Jean Comandon's The Growth of Plants (1920s)


image from Jean Painlevé's The Love Life of the Octopus (1965)

SURREALIST SCIENCE is a Film Love event. The Film Love series provides access to rare but important films, and seeks to increase awareness of the rich history of experimental and avant-garde film. The series is curated and hosted by Andy Ditzler for Frequent Small Meals. Film Love was voted Best Film Series in Atlanta by the critics of Creative Loafing in 2006.

Film Love: The Golden Age - Buñuel and Dalí November 15, 2008
8:00PM - - -
Price:  $6
Frequent Small Meals presents
Film Love #64
THE GOLDEN AGE
The films of Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí

(Surrealist Classics part 2)

curated by Andy Ditzler
co-sponsored by the Cultural Services of the French Embassy



Lya Lys in Luis Buñuel’s L’Age D’Or (1930)

The Paris of the 1920s was home to one of the twentieth century’s most enduring and controversial art movements. So influential were the ideas and imagery of Surrealism that the very name of the movement has become a household word.

Developing alongside the golden age of silent cinema, Surrealism was profoundly affected by movies. While only a few Surrealists actually made films, their films constitute some of the most influential avant-garde works in the history of cinema.

Salvador Dalí’s and Luis Buñuel’s explosive Un Chien Andalou ranks with the most influential films ever made, and is one of the purest representations of Surrealism on screen. A sensation upon its Paris premiere in 1929, it has since inspired the imagery of countless filmmakers. In writing the script, Buñuel and Dalí used only images from their dreams, and resolved to eliminate all images that might possibly have a rational explanation. Yet because of the powerful visions of both artists, the film moves with a strange logic, a cinematic grace, and a peculiar mixture of humor and shock which was to mark Buñuel’s subsequent work.

Buñuel’s next film, L’Age D’Or, was his final collaboration with Dalí. Pairing a scabrous attack on bourgeois values with a celebration of mad, spontaneous love, it caused a scandal for its high-society producer and was banned. But it has since come to be regarded as a highlight of Surrealist film and a key work in Buñuel’s career. L’Age D’Or will be shown in a rare print deriving from the original 35mm fine grain positive from the Cinematheque Française.

Though considered a Dada film, the impish 1924 classic Entr’acte pointed the way to the subversions and experimentation of later Surrealism. It features cameos by such major figures of the 1920s Paris art world as Max Ernst, Marcel Duchamp, and Erik Satie.

This is part two of a two-part series on classics of French Surrealism. Part one is Friday November 14 and features the underwater films of Jean Painlevé.

Program:
René Clair, Entr’acte (co-written with Francis Picabia), 1924, 22 minutes screened in 16mm
Luis Buñuel, Un Chien Andalou (co-written with Salvador Dalí), 1929, 16 minutes screened in 16mm
Luis Buñuel, L’Age D’Or (co-written with Salvador Dalí), 1930, 60 minutes screened in 16mm


Luis Buñuel in Un Chien Andalou (1929)


Erik Satie and Francis Picabia in Entr’acte (1924)

THE GOLDEN AGE is a Film Love event. The Film Love series provides access to rare but important films, and seeks to increase awareness of the rich history of experimental and avant-garde film. The series is curated and hosted by Andy Ditzler for Frequent Small Meals. Film Love was voted Best Film Series in Atlanta by the critics of Creative Loafing in 2006.

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