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A Short film by René Clair

Production year : 1924


    An absolute surrealistic movie. Somebody gets killed, his coffin gets out of control and after a surrelistic chase it stops. The person gets out of it and let everybody who followed the coffin disapear.The two parts of the film are as follows (note that time indications are approximate, since neither film nor music techniques at the time of the premiere allowed exact temporisation in a public performance):

        A sequence of about 90 seconds, starring Satie and Picabia firing a cannon from the top of a building. This sequence, as silent movie, was played at the beginning of the ballet, right after the "little overture" ("Ouverturette"), and before the curtain raised ("Rideau"). The music to this part of the film is called "Projectionnette", and is included as 2nd item in the Relâche partition. There appears no real effort for music to film synchronisation in this part of the film. Probably the "Projectionnette" music was played two or three times before proceeding to the "Rideau" part of the music.
        The rest of the film was played as entr'acte between the two acts of the ballet. The score for this part of the film is not included in the Relâche partition, but was written down by Satie in a separate score, titled "Cinéma". This part of the music contains "expandable" repeat zones, in order to match the start of a new tune with certain events in the film, thus it was one of the earliest examples of music to film synchronization. In the score, Satie names 10 sections that are associated with scenes in the film.

    In 1974, the film was shown at the Cannes Film Festival.

    Source : Wikipedia

    Actors (9)

    Full credits (4)

    Assistant Director :

    Georges Lacombe

    Director of Photography :

    Jimmy Berliet

    Screenwriter :

    Francis Picabia

    Music Composer :

    Érik Satie

    Technical details

    Short film

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    Sub-genre :

    Burlesque comedy

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    Production language :

    No dialogue

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    Original French-language productions :


    Nationality :

    100% French (France)

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    Runtime :

    24 min

    Color type :

    Black & White

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    Rating restrictions :