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:
THE SEASHELL AND THE CLERGYMAN (1928)
Hat Tip to Ryan Gallagher over at The Criterion Cast for sharing this one.