Entr'acte (1924) - René Clair


Entr'acte - René Clair (1924)
DVDRIP | 20 min | MKV-x264 640x480 | 30 fps | AC3 192 kb/s | 470 MB
No dialogs - musical audio track | Subtitles: English subs in the mkv file for the introduction
Genre: Dada Short - Surrealist Short - Avant-garde - Experimental

Always an absolute pure cinematic masterpiece, with Erik Satie's famous musical score!

Director: René Clair
Writer: Francis Picabia - Music: Erik Satie
France - 1924 - b&w
Cast: Francis Picabia, Erik Satie, Jean Börlin, Inge Frïss, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Darius Milhaud, Marcel Achard, Georges Auric, Georges Charensol, Rolf de Maré, Kiki de Montparnasse

An absolute dada and surrealistic movie!
Two men approach a canon and fire it. Rifle-range dummies sway in the wind. A dancing ballerina turns into a strange bearded man. Two men on a roof-top terrace play a game of chess. A funeral procession, moving in slow motion, follows a coffin pulled by a camel. The coffin gets out of control and after a chase it stops. The person gets out of it and let everybody who followed the coffin dissapear. What can it all mean...?

This extraordinary early film from director René Clair was originally made to fill an interval between two acts of Francis Picabia’s new ballet, Relâche, at the Théâtre des Champs- Elysées in Paris in 1924. Picabia famously wrote a synopsis for the film on one sheet of note paper, headed Maxim’s (the famous Parisian restaurant), which he sent to René Clair. This formed the basis for what ultimately appeared on screen, with some additional improvisations. Music for the film was composed by the famous avant-garde composer Erik Satie, who appears in the film, along side its originator, Francis Picabia. The surrealist photographer Man Ray also puts in an appearance, in a film which curiously resembles his own experimental films of this era.
Entr’acte is a surrealistic concoction of unrelated images, reflecting Clair’s interest in Dada, a fashionable radical approach to visual art which relied on experimentation and surreal expressionism. Clair’s imagery is both captivating and disturbing, giving life to inanimate objects (most notably the rifle range dummies), whilst attacking conventions, even the sobriety of a funeral march.
When the first performance of Relâche was cancelled because of the ill-health of one of is stars, the public were outraged. There was a belief that Picabia had staged the ultimate Dada stunt – the title of the show means "respite" in French. The controversy was laid to rest when the show opened, a few days later than planned. For its part, Clair’s Entr’acte won widespread praise, although the response from the paying public was divided.
As to what the film actually means, well that’s anyone’s guess. Like all good surrealist art there are an infinite number of possible interpretations, and one’s appreciation and understanding of this film is very much a subjective experience. Themes which appear to dominate the work are death, mortality and the hastening pace of technology. Hence, one possible interpretation is that the film is mocking mankind’s attempts to cope with the brevity of his existence. As progress is made, man has to run faster and faster to cram more and more into a fixed duration, his limited lifespan. Could the Entr’acte of the film’s title represent that short period of what we call "life", that too brief an interval between two acts of an eternal duration?

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tsuresuregusa said...

God, I didn't even know it existed, thanks for posting

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