Man Ray

The Mysteries of the Chateau de De

also known as

Les Mystères du Château de Dé

(France, 1929)


Poster - Man RayA silent film written and directed by Man Ray

Mannequin hands hold a pair of dice. A castle is perched on a clifftop.
Below it, a posh, modern villa. Meanwhile, far from Paris, two men with masked faces play dice in a bar. They decide to drive to Paris. Country roads, hills, fences. The smart chateau appears again: meticulous garden, fancy interior, odd sculptures. And at home? "No one. NO ONE"....

Produced by Le Vincomte de Noailles
Cinematography by Jacques-André Boiffard & Man Ray

Cast: Georges Auric, Le Comte de Beaumont, Le Vincomte de Noailles, Marie-Laure de Noailles.

Music, for live performance, by Terry Davies commissioned by Greater London Arts Association for John Harle's Berliner Band in 1983. First performed at the Riverside Studios, Hammersmith, London, 1983.

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