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L'Etoile de mer (The Star of the Sea aka The Starfish) 1928 All ages

35MM, BLACK AND WHITE, SILENT (WITH LIVE MUSICAL ACCOMPANIMENT), 17:09 MINUTES, FRANCE / DIRECTOR/SCRIPT/CINEMATOGRAPHER/EDITOR: MAN RAY / ASSISTANT DIRECTOR: JACQUES-ANDRÉ BOIFFARD / BASED ON A POEM BY ROBERT DESNOS / PRINT SOURCE/RIGHTS: NATIONAL FILM AND SOUND ARCHIVE AUSTRALIA / SCREENING FORMAT: 16MM

'L’Étoile de mer is a perplexing and haunting short film. Inspired by a poem from Robert Desnos, L’Étoile de mer contrasts the beauty of a starfish with that of a lost sweetheart. The film employs stark surrealist imagery and unsettling naturalistic photography as it alternates between dreams and reality. In addition to the obvious references to subconscious sexual desire, the film makes some bizarre connections between the ideal unattainable woman and the starfish of the film’s title. This includes an inexplicably erotic close-up sequence of a slowly moving starfish.' JT

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