Surrealist Film Night at The Dalí
In conjunction with our special exhibition, Midnight in Paris: Surrealism at the Crossroads, 1929, join The Dalí for a double feature of Surrealism with some of these first films. Germaine Dulac’s The Seashell and the Clergyman and Salvador Dalí’s and Luis Buñuel’s An Andalusian Dog will be shown back to back for a double dose of surrealism.
Cost: Free (Parking is free for members, as available; $5 parking for nonmembers after 5pm.)
Location: The Raymond James Community Room & the Will Raymund Theater
The Seashell and the Clergyman (La Coquille et le Clergyman)
1928; 44 minutes
Germaine Dulac’s La Coquille et le Clergyman (The Seashell and the Clergyman) was arguably the first surrealist film ever made. Admired today for its innovative camerawork and engagement with gender politics, it focuses on a priest who covets another man’s wife. At its first screening in 1928, before an audience of surrealist artists and bohemians at the legendary Studio des Ursulines, Dulac’s film caused a literal riot.
The Andalusian Dog (Un Chien Andalou)
1929; 20 minutes
A classic, revolutionary short film, Un Chien Andalou abandons linear narrative for a dream-like succession of provocative, unexplained images, from ants devouring a man’s hand to the infamous eyeball slit by a razor. This collaboration between Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí is an essential masterpiece of the surrealist movement.
Not sure what Surrealism is? Watch a short intro about its big ideas, produced to help student artists find inspiration and explain the basic tenets of this fascinating movement.