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.
- First screening at HOME Manchester on Sunday 9 June.
- Soundtrack release details to be announced soon.