Les Mystères du Château de Dé | Man Ray, 1929




The Mysteries of the Chateau of Dice, 1929 directed by Man Ray
Stars: Georges Auric, Jacques-André Boiffard, Le Comte de Beaumont, Marie-Laure de Noailles

It depicts a pair of travellers setting off from Paris and travelling to the Villa Noailles in Hyères.

Are we going?
We're not going
We're going!

And their journey begins. Departing from their cafe, they travel through the French countryside arriving at the town of Hyères and their destination to find the modern castle empty. Elements of the interior explore various spatial relationships and textures. The film shows sculptures by Pablo Picasso and Joan Miró, as well as exploring the unique Cubist garden at Villa Noailles.


Premiered with Un Chien Andalou (1929) at Studio des Ursulines. Man Ray wanted a second film to show with his own and was introduced to Luis Buñuel, who had just completed Un Chien Andalou (1929) with Salvador Dalí.

On the set
Marie-Laure de Noailles and Luis Bunuel, Hyères, 1930


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