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Le Jour Se Lève (Marcel Carné, 1939)

“Le Jour Se Lève typically gets shoehorned, along with a handful of other collaborations between director Marcel Carné and screenwriter Jacques Prévert, into a filmic historical movement known by the oxymoronic catchall “poetic realism.” But, in many ways, it’s more … Continue reading

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“Beware! Take Care!” – The Delirious Poetry of Ed Wood

“Precisely what sort of sublimity can we expect from films that are routinely accorded the dubious status of the world’s worst, those Golden Turkey Award recipients and perpetual residents of the IMDB Bottom 100, among which pride of place is … Continue reading

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Passing Strange

SURREALISM AND FILM NOIR In his book More Than Night: Film Noir in its Contexts (2008), James Naremore discusses the comparative neglect accorded the influence of Surrealism in discussing the genesis of films noir: “The importance of existentialism to the … Continue reading

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Early Surrealist Films

UN CHIEN ANDALOU AND L’AGE D’OR This essay will examine the early films of Luis Buñuel as they relate to the Surrealist Movement active in Paris throughout the 1920s.  We will begin by giving a brief introduction to Surrealism as … Continue reading

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Authority and Transgression

THE PHANTOM OF LIBERTY (1974) The transgression does not deny the taboo but transcends it and completes it. – Georges Bataille (63) Introduction Narrative Structure.  Luis Buñuel’s penultimate film The Phantom of Liberty (Le Fantôme de la liberté, 1974) shares … Continue reading

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