Short Film of the Day: The Seashell and the Clergyman (1928)

Why Watch? Because there is no because.

This short film is billed as the first surrealist film, and it’s easy to see why. It apparently has a plot (involving a clergyman lusting after the wife of a military man), but it would be tough to pluck it out from watching the images alone.

It’s a beautiful set of visuals (paired here with a stirring guitar-based score), but it doesn’t mean anything. On the other hand, it’s a nice reminder that filmmakers have been experimenting since very, very early on.

Leave it to the French to make a nonsensical film about erotic dreams, I guess.

What does it cost? Just 31 minutes of your time.

Check out The Seashell and the Clergyman for yourself:


Trust us. You have time for more short films.

Hat Tip to Ryan Gallagher over at The Criterion Cast for sharing this one.

A veteran of writing about movies for nearly a decade, Scott Beggs has been the Managing Editor of Film School Rejects since 2009. Despite speculation, he is not actually Walter Mathau's grandson. See? He can't even spell his name right.

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