Emak-Bakia 1926

emak bakia

Short Experimental film

Emak-Bakia is a 1926 film directed by Man Ray. Subtitled as a cinépoéme, it features many techniques Man Ray used in his still photography, including Rayographs, double exposure, soft focus and ambiguous features. Wikipedia

Plot Summary

A long series of unrelated images, revolving, often distorted: lights, flowers, nails. A lightboard appears from time to time carrying the news of the day. Then, an eye. A woman in a car drives along country roads. Farm animals. She descends from the car, again and again. Images: dancing legs, seashore, swimming fish, geometric shapes, cut glass. A man removes his starched collar. It rotates. A girl has garishly painted eyes. No, she’s only fooling. Those were her eyelids.
– Written by David Carless

Director: Man Ray

Writer: Man Ray
Stars: Kiki of Montparnasse, Jacques Rigaut


Author: Old Boy

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