Archive for Dimitri Kirsanoff


Posted in FILM with tags , , , , on February 16, 2017 by dcairns


Dimitri Kirsanoff, the genius of MENILMONTANT (1926) was still slugging away in 1955, assisted here by the beauteous Marina Vlady. LE CRANEUR forms the basis of this week’s edition of The Forgotten, and you can read it (and see a few things) here.

(Thanks to Phoebe Green.)


The Sunday Intertitle: When Delluc Met Dulac

Posted in FILM with tags , , , , , , , on March 11, 2012 by dcairns

“Life is producing cinema all the time. The cinema needs to start producing life.” ~ Louis Delluc.

DE L’IMPRESSIONISME AU CINEMA PUR is a nice little documentary about Delluc, Dulac, Epstein, L’Herbier, and all that groovy crowd. Sadly, my man Kirsanoff doesn’t get a look-in due probably to the fact that the structuring device of the documentary is the connections between the different film-makers, their meetings and cross-pollination, a sort of Avant-Garde Family Tree. And Kirsanoff didn’t really mingle. Though his wife, being an actress, did form connections with other directors, as we shall see in Thursday’s edition of The Forgotten.

Incidentally, many accounts of Germaine Dulac’s career have her ceasing her filmmaking activities at the end of the twenties, when Louis Dulac died. But the IMDb intrigues with one more short, JE N’AI PLUS RIEN, from 1934, and it’s a Pathe-Natan production, interestingly enough. Natan was investing in shorts, and he also seems to have had a memory — unusually for a movie exec, he could recall filmmakers who were no longer active and “hot,” and would sometimes employ them.

So I would *love* to see  JE N’AI PLUS RIEN if anyone has it.


“The total film which we all dream of making is a visual symphony made of images given rhythm to, and which are ordained and cast onto the screen by the artist’s single emotion.” ~ Germaine Dulac

Intertitle from LA FEMME DE NUL PART by Louis Delluc.

Avant Garde – Experimental Cinema of the 1920s & 1930s

The Amazing Mr Kirsanoff

Posted in FILM, literature, MUSIC with tags , , , on January 20, 2012 by dcairns

Short #1. I didn’t upload these.

Short #2. But I’m going to upload more. This one dates from 1950 — can we take this as evidence that Kirsanoff’s decline is a myth? Maybe some of the features he was forced to make in these later years are inferior, but his talent and imagination were intact. Even though at first this feels almost like a remake of BRUMES D’AUTOMNE.

Short #3. If you enjoyed MENILMONTANT, you’ll dig these. Minimum plot, maximum zazoozazoozazoozay.

Short #4.TOO  MUCH beauty? Ration it! This one effectively IS a remake, since Jean Epstein also filmed LES BERCEAUX.

OK — you may compare and contrast —