LE RETOUR A LA RAISON
(1923 - Silent)
According to Man RAY himself, the film was made in haste : a number of experiments (pictures of a fun fair, a nude in motion by Kiki de Montparnasse, a sequence with the Dancer/Danger assembled objects) are "amalgamated" with sequences from the artist’s first attempt and "rayographs", frames exposed to light without a camera and printed with various objects : springs, crystals, pins, salts.
EMAK BAKIA - Cinépoème (1926 - Silent with musical accompaniment)
"To those who would still question "the reason for this extravagance" one can simply reply by translating the title Emak Bakia, an old Basque expression wich means don’t bother me".
- Man RAY - August 1927
L’ÉTOILE DE MER
(1928 - Silent with musical accompaniment)
Poem by Robert DESNOS such as saw Man RAY.
LES MYSTÈRES DU CHÂTEAU DU DÉ
(1929 - Silent with musical accompaniment)
+ BONUS DVD
10 short autobiographical films
The editor of this DVD gave these shorts films never released before -Man RAY mentioned a few of them in Self Portrait (London/Boston, Atlantic-Little, Brown, 1963)- its own titles based on the contents or the "narrative framework", or from Man RAY’s handwritten information on the original cans.
(approx 1923 / 1929 - Silent)
Short footage shot rue Campagne-Première where one can catch a glimpse of the artist’s studio bull’s-eye window.
(1929 - Silent)
In his memoirs, Man RAY said he had lent his small 9,5mm camera to Ernest HEMINGWAY who went to Pemplona to shoot his first bull fight. We are unable to confirm or refute that these are the pictures Man RAY reffered to.
AUTOPORTRAIT OU CE QUI MANQUE A NOUS TOUS
(approx 1930 - Silent)
In 1935, Man RAY created a porcelain pipe with a glass bubble called Ce qui manque à nous tous. This is a film version of the same item in wich Man RAY expresses his interest in transparency.
(approx 1933 / 1935 - Silent)
Man RAY & Meret OPPENHEIM face to face. No plot nor direction, only insignificant gestures yet cinematic symbols : lighting a cigarette, having a drink...
L’ATELIER DU VAL-DE-GRÂCE (approx 1935 - Silent)
Quick shots of the Val-de-Grâce studio where one of Man RAY’s most symbolic paintings is hung, A l’heure de l’Observatoire - les amoureux.
COURSE LANDAISE (approx 1937 - Silent)
After the pictures of bull fights he shot in the 1920s, Man RAY returned to his passion for bull-fighting during the 1930s, using the early 16mm Kodachrome stock given by KODAK to the artist.
(approx 1937 - Silent)
Undoubtedly a genuine holiday film made by Man RAY near Antibes with the new Kodachrome colour stock. We can see PICASSO & Paul ELUARD.
ADY (1938 - Silent)
The camera seems to be positioned in Man RAY and Ady FIDELIN’s intimate world to capture fragments of everyday life.
DANCE (1938 - Silent)
Mysterious Jenny, wearing light clothing seemingly made of vinyl, performs an enchanting dance in front of Man RAY’s camera.
(approx 1940 - Silent)
Juliet & Man RAY film each other in Hollywood.