The Shadow and its Shadow: Surrealist Writings on the Cinema

The Shadow and its Shadow: Surrealist Writings on the Cinema


By (author) Paul Hammond, Edited by Paul Hammond

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  • Publisher: City Lights Books
  • Format: Paperback | 250 pages
  • Dimensions: 152mm x 226mm x 3mm | 363g
  • Publication date: 1 January 2001
  • Publication City/Country: Monroe, OR
  • ISBN 10: 087286376X
  • ISBN 13: 9780872863767
  • Edition: 3, Revised
  • Edition statement: 3rd
  • Sales rank: 823,326

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Here is a classic collection of writings by the Surrealists on their mad love of moviegoing. Forty-odd theoretical, polemical, and poetical essays document Surrealism's scandalous and nonreductive take on film. The essayists include such names as Breton, Aragon, Desnos, Dali, Bunuel, and Man Ray, as well as many of the less famous, though equally fascinating figures of the movement. Table of Contents: Available light / Paul Hammond Some surrealist advice / The Surrealist Group War letter / Jacques Vache On decor / Louis Aragon Cinema U.S.A. / Philippe Soupault Battlegrounds and commonplaces / Rene Crevel Against commercial cinema / Benjamin Peret Buster Keaton's College / Luis Bunuel Abstract of a critical history of the cinema / Salvador Dali The marvelous is popular / Ado Kyrou As in a wood / Andre Breton Picture palaces / Robert Desnos Plan for a cinema at the bottom of a lake / Bernard Roger The lights go up / Jacques Brunius Surrealism and cinema / Jean Goudal Introduction to black-and-white magic / Albert Valentin Crossing the bridge / Jacques Brunius Sorcery and cinema / Antonin Artaud The screen's prestige / Jacques Brunius Remarks on cinematic oneirism / Robert Benayoun The cinema, instrument of poetry / Luis Bunuel Malombra, aura of absolute love / The Romanian Surrealist Group Data toward the irrational enlargement of a film: The Shanghai Gesture / The Surrealist Group The film and I / Ado Kyrou Cinemage / Man Ray Another kind of cinema / Marcel Marien Intention and surprise / Nora Mitrani The ideal summa / Petr Kral Turkey broth and unlabeled love potions / Gerard Legrand The fantastic - the marvelous / Ado Kyrou Concerning King Kong / Jean Ferry Larry Semon's message / Petr Kral Hands off love / The Surrealist Group Chaplin, the copper's nark / Jean-Louis Bedouin Manifesto of the Surrealists concerning L'ge d'orr / The Surrealist Group Zaroff; or, The prosperities of vice / Robert Benayoun Eroticism / Robert Desnos Eroticism = love / Ado Kyrou Au repas des guerrieres / Nelly Kaplan Female x film =

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Paul Hammond is the author of Constellations of Miro, Breton, Upon the Pun: Dual Meaning in Words and Pictures, co-author of Seeing in the Dark: A Compendium of Cinemagoing.