Man Ray: Return to Reason Saturday, August 17, 2024 7 p.m.-8:15 p.m.

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Directed between 1923 and 1929, artist Man Ray’s Le Retour à la raisonEmak-BakiaL’Étoile de mer, and Les Mystères du Château du Dé represent a high watermark of early European avant-garde cinema, a seminal nexus of experimental technique, surrealist narrative, and playful abstraction suffused with dark eroticism. In celebration of the 100th anniversary of Le Retour à la raison, Sqürl, the Jim Jarmusch-Carter Logan combo, presents Man Ray: Return to Reason, with a newly recorded drone rock soundtrack for all four films. The band’s cosmic sounds complement Ray’s work by conjuring the beautiful, ineffable, haunting, and sublime.

Underwriting for the Film Department is provided by Tenaris, The June Leaf and Robert Frank Foundation, and the Vaughn Foundation.

Generous funding is provided by The Consulate General of the Republic of Korea; Nina and Michael Zilkha; Lois Chiles; Foundation for Independent Media Arts; Franci Neely; Carrin Patman and Jim Derrick; Ms. Laurence Unger; L'Alliance Française de Houston; and ILEX Foundation.

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Man Ray: Return to Reason

Directed by Man Ray
(France, 1923, 70 minutes)
Brown Auditorium Theater, digital

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