Anthology of Surreal Cinema 1

Anthology of Surreal Cinema 1

Director: Fernand Léger, Germaine Dulac, René Clair
Cast: Marcel Duchamp

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This collection of classic experimental films from the silent era gets a slightly disappointing presentation on DVD. The four short films included on Anthology of Surreal Cinema, Vol. One -- Entr'acte by René Clair, Ballet Mécanique by Fernand Léger, La Coquille et le Clergyman by Germaine Dulac, and Anémic Cinéma by Marcel Duchamp -- are all presented in their original full-frame aspect ratio of 1.33:1, and each features an accompanying musical score (which are sonically appropriate and non-intrusive) presented in PCM Stereo. No multilingual subtitles are included, which is a minor annoyance for non-French readers (though not a major problem for these films). The disc's most significant drawback, however, is the poor quality of the source materials -- the prints are scratchy and suffer from the deep, murky contrast common to duped negatives, and while it's likely these titles no longer exist in pristine condition, a certain amount of cleanup on these materials would have been appreciated. Still, this is well-intentioned collection of truly important films, and cineastes who can look past the flaws in the prints will find this a worthwhile addition to their library.

Product Details

Release Date: 04/26/2005
UPC: 0063390000036
Original Release: 0000
Rating: NR
Source: Cav Distribution
Region Code: 0
Time: 1:05:00

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