The Shadow and its Shadow

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Here is a classic collection of writings by the Surrealists on their mad love of moviegoing. Forty-odd theoretical, polemical, and poetical essays document Surrealism’s scandalous and nonreductive take on film. The essayists include such names as Breton, Aragon, Desnos, Dalí, Buñuel, and Man Ray, as well as many of the less famous, though ...

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Overview

Here is a classic collection of writings by the Surrealists on their mad love of moviegoing. Forty-odd theoretical, polemical, and poetical essays document Surrealism’s scandalous and nonreductive take on film. The essayists include such names as Breton, Aragon, Desnos, Dalí, Buñuel, and Man Ray, as well as many of the less famous, though equally fascinating figures of the movement.

Table of Contents: Available light / Paul Hammond

Some surrealist advice / The Surrealist Group
War letter / Jacques Vaché
On décor / Louis Aragon
Cinema U.S.A. / Philippe Soupault
Battlegrounds and commonplaces / René Crevel
Against commercial cinema / Benjamin Péret
Buster Keaton's College / Luis Buñuel
Abstract of a critical history of the cinema / Salvador Dalí

The marvelous is popular / Ado Kyrou

As in a wood / André Breton
Picture palaces / Robert Desnos
Plan for a cinema at the bottom of a lake / Bernard Roger
The lights go up / Jacques Brunius
Surrealism and cinema / Jean Goudal
Introduction to black-and-white magic / Albert Valentin
Crossing the bridge / Jacques Brunius
Sorcery and cinema / Antonin Artaud
The screen's prestige / Jacques Brunius
Remarks on cinematic oneirism / Robert Benayoun
The cinema, instrument of poetry / Luis Buñuel
Malombra, aura of absolute love / The Romanian Surrealist Group
Data toward the irrational enlargement of a film: The Shanghai Gesture / The Surrealist Group

The film and I / Ado Kyrou
Cinemage / Man Ray
Another kind of cinema / Marcel Mariën
Intention and surprise / Nora Mitrani
The ideal summa / Petr Král
Turkey broth and unlabeled love potions / Gérard Legrand
The fantastic - the marvelous / Ado Kyrou
Concerning King Kong / Jean Ferry
Larry Semon's message / Petr Král
Hands off love / The Surrealist Group
Chaplin, the copper's nark / Jean-Louis Bédouin
Manifesto of the Surrealists concerning L'ge d'orr / The Surrealist Group

Zaroff; or, The prosperities of vice / Robert Benayoun
Eroticism / Robert Desnos
Eroticism = love / Ado Kyrou
Au repas des guerrières / Nelly Kaplan
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The Shadow and Its Shadow is a collection of classic writings by the Surrealists on their mad love of moviegoing.

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Editorial Reviews

Booknews
The Surrealists loved the cinema and recorded their impassioned readings of what they saw, created, and imagined in writings gathered and translated by Hammond, an author and editor of works on Mir<'o> and others. Following Hammond's introduction are over 40 essays written between 1918 and 1977, by Andr<'e> Breton, Louis Aragon, Robert Desnos, Salvador Dal<'i>, Luis Bu<~n>el, and Man Ray, among others. Annotation c. Book News, Inc., Portland, OR (booknews.com)
From The Critics
Now in a revised and expanded third edition, Paul Hammond's The Shadow And Its Shadow: Surrealist Writings On The Cinema gathers together a fascinating, informative, and challenging collection of writings by Surrealists on their love of, and involvement with, the movies. Here are to be found the writings of Andre Breton, Louis Aragon, Salvador Dali, Many Ray and many others. This highly recommended compendium of commentary is a "must" for professional and academic film history, popular culture, and surrealism reading lists.
Sight & Sound
Hammond’s book is a reminder of the wealth and range of surrealist writings on the cinema. . . . [T]he work represented here is still challenging and genuinely eccentric, locating itself in an ‘ethic’ of love, reverie and revolt.
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Product Details

  • ISBN-13: 9780872863767
  • Publisher: City Lights Books
  • Publication date: 1/1/2001
  • Edition description: REVISED
  • Edition number: 3
  • Pages: 250
  • Sales rank: 1,365,778
  • Product dimensions: 6.00 (w) x 9.00 (h) x 0.60 (d)

Table of Contents

Available light 1
Some surrealist advice 46
War letter 48
On decor 50
Cinema U.S.A. 55
Battlegrounds and commonplaces 57
Against commercial cinema 59
Buster Keaton's College 61
Abstract of a critical history of the cinema 63
The marvelous is popular 68
As in a wood 72
Picture palaces 78
Plan for a cinema at the bottom of a lake 80
The lights to up 82
Surrealism and cinema 84
Introduction to black-and-white magic 95
Crossing the bridge 99
Sorcery and cinema 103
The screen's prestige 106
Remarks on cinematic oneirism 107
The cinema, instrument of poetry 112
Malombra, aura of absolute love 117
Data toward the irrational enlargement of a film: The Shanghai Gesture 121
The film and I 130
Cinemage 133
Another kind of cinema 135
Intention and surprise 147
The ideal summa 149
Turkey broth and unlabeled love potions 152
The fantastic - the marvelous 158
Concerning King Kong 161
Larry Semon's message 166
Hands off love 173
Chaplin, the copper's nark 181
Manifesto of the Surrealists concerning L'Age d'or 182
Zaroff; or, The prosperities of vice 190
Eroticism 195
Eroticism = love 197
Au repas des guerrieres 200
Female x film = fetish 202
Mae Murray 205
"Enchanted wanderer": excerpt from a journey album for Hedy Lamarr 206
Iron in the wound 209
Pornographers & Co 213
Selected films made by Surrealists 219
A parting shot 225
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