Synopsis

A meticulous study of rhythms, lights, and forms by French artist and theorist Germaine Dulac. Obsessed with a general’s wife, a priest finds himself caught between pleasure and the denial of his simmering desires. In this aesthetically radical silent film, the premise seems less to emulate a dream world, but to expand sensory perception through experimentation with images. The filmmaker’s most far-reaching work, sometimes considered the first film aligned with surrealism, is a milestone in the genealogy of avant-garde filmmaking. (C. I.)

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Director

Germaine Dulac

French filmmaker Germaine Dulac (1882-1942) operated in the passage between silent and sound cinema, with a pioneering role in the evolution of cinema as an artistic language and social practice. A key figure in the avant-garde movements of the 1920s, her work ventured into the plastic qualities inherent to the cinematographic medium in films she called "integral".

Credits

Writers

Germaine Dulac, Antonin Artaud

Cast

Alex Allin, Genica Athanasiou, Lucien Bataille

Cinematographer

Paul Guichard