In The Nursery are pleased to announce details of their 9th Optical Music Score which will be for The Seashell & the Clergyman (la coquille et le clergyman).
Widely recognised as the first surrealist film, The Seashell and the Clergyman (1928) is a complex, controversial and multi-layered film directed by Germaine Dulac, from an original scenario by Antonin Artaud.
The BBFC famously banned the film stating “If there is a meaning, it is doubtless objectionable”.
The British Film Institute included The Seashell and the Clergyman on a list of 10 Great Feminist Films, describing it as “a visually imaginative critique of patriarchy – state and church – and of male sexuality.”
In The Nursery’s new score sonically reinterprets the inherent symbolism of the film, utilising sound design and experimental recording approaches. It will be presented live along with a supporting programme of 3 more films directed by Germaine Dulac – Disque 957 (1928), Thèmes et Variations (1928) & Arabesque (1929).
- Premiere and live screenings to be announced soon.