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The Seashell and the Clergyman, 40 min (1928)

Germaine Dulac (Experimental)


Caption: PT, EN, ES, FR



"The Seashell and the Clergyman" is a 1928 French experimental film directed by Germaine Dulac and based on a screenplay by surrealist poet Antonin Artaud. The film is often considered to be one of the first surrealist films, and an example of how cinema can be used to explore the human psyche in a non-linear way.


The film's plot is quite enigmatic and focuses on a clergyman tormented by forbidden sexual desires and his obsession with a woman. The film presents a series of symbolic and surreal images that illustrate the main character's internal conflict.


"The Seashell and the Clergyman" is a film that stands out for its innovative visual aesthetic, which includes a variety of filming and editing techniques. The film is marked by the overlapping of images, the use of dramatic shadows and lights and the use of lens distortion effects to create a dreamlike and disorienting effect.


The film is an example of the interest of filmmakers at the time in exploring the aesthetic possibilities of cinema, and how this could be used to express emotions and ideas that could not be captured in other ways. Although the film was initially poorly received by critics and audiences, it became over time an important landmark in the history of surrealist cinema and influenced many later filmmakers.

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