tuesday 10 december 2002

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Clair, Satie, and Picabia during the filming of Entr'acte;1924  'Francis Picabia shows-off his dancing talents in Entr'acte.'

In 1924 schrijft Francis Picabia het script voor de film Entr'acte van regisseur René Clair, die werd vertoond als intermezzo in de - eveneens door Picabia bedachte - dansvoorstelling Relâche. In het 22 minuten durende filmpje vuurt Picabia samen met componist Erik Satie een kanon af, verschijnt hij als ballerina met baard en spelen Marcel Duchamp en Man Ray een potje schaak op een dak:

"It was the height of the surrealist period. Between the two acts there was an important innovation, a performance of René Clair's film Entr'acte, with music by Satie. To the delight of spectators, Satie and Picabia appeared themselves in the film. (...) In the marvelous 1920s, everything went, and the audience was not surprised at the end of the première of Relâche, to see Satie arrive on stage, to the acclaim of his cheering friends, in a little 5 horsepower Citro�n car driven by Picabia."

> De "hilarische, ontroerende, wonderlijke montage van beelden, superieure videokunst avant-la-lettre" - aldus Bernard Dewulf in NRC Handelsblad - van Francis Picabia: de eerste minuut van Entr'acte, onderdeel van het ballet Relâche.



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