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Off-Screen CinemaIsidore Isou and the Lettrist Avant-Garde$
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Kaira M. Cabañas

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780226174457

Published to Chicago Scholarship Online: September 2015

DOI: 10.7208/chicago/9780226174624.001.0001

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Eroticism Should Occur in the Audience

Eroticism Should Occur in the Audience

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Off-Screen Cinema

Kaira M. Cabañas

University of Chicago Press

This chapter considers Guy Debord's Hurlements en faveur de Sade (Howls for Sade, 1952). Hurlements is a sound film without images: when someone speaks, the screen is white and filled with light; when no one speaks, the screen remains dark. Of its total running time—seventy-five minutes—only twenty minutes contain light and speech. Hurlements's original script demonstrates its indebtedness to a Lettrist film aesthetic. The mixing of original shots with pre-existing footage, as well as the painted filmstrip and sequences of pure color, explicitly recall the visual aspects of Isou's and Lemaître's films. The film's sound track traces a poetic of refusal from the Dadaists to the Surrealists and was interspersed with Lettrist sounds.

Keywords:   Guy Debord, Hurlements en faveur de Sade, Howls for Sade, Lettrist film aesthetic, Dadaists, Surrealists, Lettrist sounds

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