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The Seashell and the Clergyman

  • Film

Time Out says

One of the most celebrated of French avant-garde movies of the '20s, partly because Antonin Artaud wrote the script, partly because the British censor of the time banned it with the legendary words 'If this film has a meaning, it is doubtless objectionable'. Artaud was reputedly unhappy with Dulac's realisation of his scenario, and it's true that the story's anti-clericalism (a priest develops a lustful passion that plunges him into bizarre fantasies) is somewhat undermined by the director's determined visual lyricism. But the fragmentation of the narrative and the innovative imagery remain provocative, and the film is of course fascinating testimony to the currents of its time.
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Release Details

  • Duration:44 mins

Cast and crew

  • Director:Germaine Dulac
  • Screenwriter:Antonin Artaud
  • Cast:
    • Alex Allin
    • Lucien Bataille
    • Gênica Athanasiou
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