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Return to Reason: Four Films by Man Ray

Dates with showtimes for Return to Reason: Four Films by Man Ray
  • Today, May 19
  • Tue, May 21
  • Wed, May 22
  • Thu, May 23
  1. 1:30 pm
  2. 8:00 pm

Director: Man Ray Run Time: 70 min. Format: Digital Release Year: 2024

Starring: André de la Rivière, Jacques Rigaut, Jacques-André Boiffard, Kiki of Montparnasse, Robert Desnos

The four films Man Ray directed between 1923 and 1929, Le Retour à la raisonEmak-BakiaL’Étoile de mer and Les Mystères du Château du Dé represent a high watermark of early European avant-garde cinema, a seminal nexus of experimental technique, surrealist narrative, and playful abstraction as suffused with dark eroticism. In these films Ray began discovering the limitless possibilities of montage as well as the direct application onto celluloid of objects such as salt, pepper, pins, and thumbtacks. Juxtaposing undulating geometric patterns, a twirling fairground ride, and a female nude, among other striking images, Ray finds subconscious correspondences among seemingly incongruous materials and figures. In celebration of the hundredth anniversary of Le Retour à la raison, the Jim Jarmusch-Carter Logan combo Sqürl present Man Ray: Return to Reason, with a newly-recorded drone rock soundtrack for that title as well as the three other Ray films. The band’s cosmic sounds complement Ray’s work by conjuring the beautiful, ineffable, haunting, and sublime.

The restoration process was led by Womanray and Cinenovo sourcing original prints from various parts of the world, in partnership with La Cinémathèque française, the Centre Pompidou, the Library of Congress, the French CNC and Cineteca di Bologna.


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