A Cinematic Artist: The Films of Man Ray (Cultural Interactions: Studies in the Relationship Between the Arts 16 1st New edition)

A Cinematic Artist: The Films of Man Ray (Cultural Interactions: Studies in the Relationship Between the Arts 16 1st New edition)

By: Kim Knowles (author)Paperback

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The American artist Man Ray was one of the most influential figures of the historical avant-garde, contributing significantly to the development of both Dadaism and Surrealism. Whilst his pioneering work in photography assured him international acclaim, his activity in other areas, notably film, is to this day both unknown and undervalued. During the 1920s Man Ray made four short experimental films and collaborated on a host of other projects with people such as Marcel Duchamp, Fernand Leger, Rene Clair and Hans Richter. These works, along with a series of cinematic essays and home movies made during the 1920s and 1930s, represent the most important contribution to the development of an alternative mode of filmmaking in the early twentieth century. This book explores Man Ray's cinematic interactions from the perspective of his interdisciplinary artistic sensibility, creating links between film, photography, painting, poetry, music, architecture, dance and sculpture. By exposing his preoccupation with form, and his ambiguous relationship with the politics and aesthetics of the Dada and Surrealist movements, the author paints an intimate and complex portrait of Man Ray the filmmaker.

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About Author

The Author: Kim Knowles is Post-Doctoral Research Fellow at the University of Kent. She was awarded her Ph.D. from the University of Edinburgh in 2007. As well as a number of articles on the films and photography of Man Ray, she has written on other avant-garde filmmakers such as Peter Rose and Jeanne Liotta and has contributed to the Metzler Lexikon Avantgarde (2009). She curates experimental film programmes, including at the Edinburgh International Film Festival and Diversions Film Festival.


Contents: Between chaos and order: Le Retour a la raison: Dada, film and performance - Pro-visual/anti-narrative - Chance, logic and order - Visual structures - Approaches to representation - The light and the lens: Emak Bakia: Between Dada and Surrealism - Optical explorations - Light and movement - The filmmaker and the poet: L'Etoile de mer: Man Ray and Robert Desnos: A fusion of sensibilities - From page to screen - Form versus content - Musical accompaniment - Film, poetry and architecture: Les Mysteres du Chateau du De: From architecture to film: The villa and the commission - Situating Les Mysteres du Chateau du De - Un coup de des ... - Spatial relations - (In) animate transformations - Collaborations, experiments and home movies: Collaborative projects - Home movies and cinematic essays.

Product Details

  • publication date: 01/06/2009
  • ISBN13: 9783039118847
  • Format: Paperback
  • Number Of Pages: 334
  • ID: 9783039118847
  • weight: 520
  • ISBN10: 3039118846
  • edition: 1st New edition

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