Man Ray’s Experimental Short Films Still Captivate a Century Later

Man Ray’s Experimental Short Films Still Captivate a Century Later

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Swirling coils, dancing legs, twitching starfish, and thrown dice are a few of the beguiling visuals in Man Ray: Return to Reason, a recently released collection of four experimental shorts in the oeuvre of the seminal Dada and Surrealist artist.

Last May, the Cannes Film Festival debuted the newly restored 4K versions of the films to honor the centennial of Man Ray’s entry into filmmaking. Following the North American premiere at the New York Film Festival last fall, a wider release by distributor Janus Films begins this month, just as Surrealism celebrates its 100th anniversary.