As the exhibition devoted to Francis Picabia, father of Dada, comes to an end we take a look at small collection of short films celebrating the absurd and the irreverent that marked 1920’s.
- Entr’Acte directed by Erik Satie & Rene Clair
was premiered as entr’acte at Ballets Suédois production Relâche at the Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris. Featuring amongst other Francis Picabia, a ballet dancer and running crowd which eventually dissapears, Entr’Acte is a short dadaist masterwork.
2. Ballet mécanique by Fernand Leger is another energetic dadaist piece produced in 1924 featuring eclectic mix of mechanical sculptures and human representations that move in fast-pace all to dazzling effect of early experimental cinema
3.Emak- Bakia (basque for Leabe me Alone) shot by Man Ray not only features the eponymous Kikki de Montparnesse driving her car, it bacme notorious for causing a fight during it’s first screening.
4. The Girl with the Pre-Fabricated Hart by Fernand Léger is 2nd of 7 Dreams featured in experimental Dadaist masterpiece Dreams that money can’t buy featuring work by 7 modernist masters. The film is produced by non other than Peggy Guggenheim featuring Max Ernst, Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Alexander Calder, Darius Milhaud and Fernand Léger.