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Image of movie Return To Reason
Image of movie Return To Reason

Return To Reason

Man Ray
Frankreich 1923-29/2023
76 min

Anlässlich der digitalen 4K-Restaurierung von vier Kurzfilmen Man Rays hat Jim Jarmuschs Avantgarde-Rockband SQÜRL einen vollständigen Score unterlegt. Zwischen Surrealismus und Dada changierend, in absurden Szenerien wie dem „piscinéma“ („Kinoschwimmbad“), in abstrakten Abfolgen von Licht und Form, vor allem aber mit der Verlegung der „Effekte“ IN die Kamera – fettverschmierte Linsen, mit Sand traktiertes Fimmaterial – befreit Man Ray den Film aus dem Gefängnis der Realitätsabbildung. Eine Wiederentdeckung, die Dank SQÜRLS Soundtrack – mal treibend, mal illustrierend, dröhnend, pochend, dann wieder geschichtet dahinfließend – nicht nur die Augen öffnet. (Barbara Kronsfoth)

Appearing for the first time in a 4K digital restoration, these four films by Man Ray take us back to the heady days of surrealism, when the essential properties of cinema could be turned against narrative logic, producing moods and gestures more akin to poetry and music. This collection takes its name from Ray’s earliest film LE RETOUR À LA RAISON, from 1923, its title an example of subversive irony. These are not “reasonable” films. Instead, they partake in unconscious impulses, Cubist formalism and free-form ludic pleasures.
The first and last of the films presented here—L’ÉTOILE DE MER (1928) and LES MYSTÈRES DU CHÂTEAU DE DÉ (1929)—suggest free-associative genre films, specifically a romance and a comedy, respectively. The other two—RETOUR and EMAK-BAKIA (1926)— employ the basic chemistry of film to generate true abstraction: the ordinary re-visioned into sensual, geometric forms. The four films are accompanied by a new score composed by Jim Jarmusch and Carter Logan, performed by their band SQÜRL. Their music is deeply responsive to the contours of Ray’s films, with rippling waves of guitar, droning synthesisers and hypnotic looping rhythms. (Michael Sicinski)

  • Kiki de Montparnasse
  • Man Ray
  • SQÜRL (Jim Jarmusch und Carter Logan)
Womanray, Cinenovo

Film Constellation

Plaion Pictures
Fr. 20 Okt
Metro, Historischer Saal
So. 29 Okt
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