The Search For Emak Bakia – Tribute to Man Ray


In 1926, avant-garde artist Man Ray, a leading figure in the Dada and Surrealist movements, shot a cine-poem on Spain’s Basque coast. The film was called Emak Bakia, a title rumoured to be obtained from a gravestone in a Biarritz cemetery – or perhaps it was the name of the house in which the artist stayed.

Filmmaker Oskar Alegria, inspired by the whimsically inventive artist, determines to uncover the truth behind the layers of myth. His journey is not, however, a straightforward one. At one point he decides to follow the path of a hare. He finds references to the film in singular nooks and crannies across Europe, from clowns to publishers, from a vintage clothes shop to old postcards.

An absurdist voyage or an assemblage of coincidence, Alegria’s film brilliantly channels this legendary boundary-breaking artist.

Man Ray—known primarily in the art world for his avant-garde photography—produced major works in a variety of media, including film. In 1926, he directed the 19-minute short Emak-Bakia (Basque for « leave me alone »). Subtitled as a cinépoéme, it features many « experimental » filming techniques, including rayographs, double exposure, soft focus, stop-motion animation, and ambiguity, as well as incorporating sculptures by Pablo Picasso. Emak-Bakia can be viewed in its entirety here.

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  1. Sheree dit :

    This was really interesting, thank you for sharing.

    1. A JACOB dit :

      🤗🌺Thanks for reading and comments.

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