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Films by Painters

The painters dealt with range from Marcel Duchamp, Man Ray, Salvador Dalí and Andy Warhol to less well-known ones like Joseph Cornell, Bruce Connor, Bruce Lacey and Derek Boshie.


Walker (161—62) provides a list of 20th century “artists, designers and photographers” who “have made films at some point in their careers.” The painters on this list are Marcel Duchamp, Hans Richter, Man Ray, Salvador Dalí, Fernand Léger, Joseph Cornell, Bruce Connor, Bruce Lacey, Derek Boshier, David Dye, László Moholy-Nagy and Andy Warhol (these last two are dealt with in more detail see 165—78). Walker then names the British artists Peter Gidal (who also wrote Andy Warhol: Films and Paintings in 1971), William Raban, Mike Dunford and Malcolm Le Grice as examples of painters who “have made film their principal medium of expression” before going onto mention Walter Ruttmann, Viking Eggeling, Robert Breer, Paul Sharits, Ed Emshwiller, George Landow, Derek Jarman and Peter Greenaway all of whom have “switched their allegiance from painting to film.” Walker concludes his review by mentioning the case of Luis Bunuel, who “made cinematic contributions to a radical modern art movement before gravitating towards mainstream cinema” (a reference to Bunuel’s work on the dream sequence in Hitchcock’s 1944 Spellbound see also 150—60). There now follow some films by these and other painters in (very roughly) chronological order. First, though, a chance to experience a whole bevy of (male though Peggy Guggenheim did coproduce) avant garde painters in one film:


Surrealist painter and Dada film-theorist Hans Richter wrote, produced, and directed the experimental exercise Dreams That Money Can Buy, a project begun in 1944 while Richter was director of the Institute of Film Techniques at City College in New York. Combining short scenarios written by Max Ernst, Marcel Duchamps, Man Ray, Alexander Calder and Fernand Leger, the film took three years to complete.


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Man Ray

Home Movies


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Emak Bakia (Leave Me Alone)

France 1926


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See also Knowles (bibliography).

Viking Eggerling

(1880-1925 born in Sweden but moved to Germany at 16)


Symphonie Diagonale (1924)


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Walter Ruttmann

(1887-1941 Germany, director of Germany: Symphony of a Metropolis (1927))


Lichtspiel Opus I—IV (1921)


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Fernand Léger

(1881-1955 France)


Ballet mecanique (1924)


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Marcel Duchamp

(1999-1999 France)


Anemic Cinema (1926)


Source: YouTube by Dyllan Joyce

Hans Richter

(1888-1976 Germany)


Rhythmus 21 (1921)


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Ghosts Before Breakfast (1926)


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Dadascope (1961)


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Maqbool Fida Husain

(1915-2011 India)


Through the Eyes of a Painter (1967)


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Gaja Gamini (2000)


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The Italian brothers Arnaldo Ginna (1890-1982 Italy) and Bruno Corra (1892-1976), (screen) writer, collaborated on the following short films:


A Chord of Color (1911)

Study of the Effects of Four Colors

Song of Songs



See also:

Adolfo Best Maugard

(1891—1964 Mexico) and his one film

La Mancha de Sangre / Blood Stain (1937)


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