Les Mystères du château de Dé ☛ Written by Man Ray, Jacques-André Boiffard | 1929 (France)
Les Mystères du Château de Dé (The Mysteries of the Chateau of Dice) is a 1929 film directed by Man Ray. It depicts a pair of travellers setting off from Paris and travelling to the Villa Noailles in Hyères. At 27 minutes the film was the longest that Man Ray directed during his career.
Originally a silent film, recent copies have included music taken from Man Ray’s personal record collection at the time, including recordings of Erik Satie’s Gymnopédies. The musical reconstruction was written by Jacques Guillot.
The film was restored by the Musée National d’Art Moderne under the direction of Jean-Michel Bouhours, a film curator. Restoration of the nitrate prints by Service des Archives du film (CNC) Bois d’Arcy, video editing by Didier Coudray.
☛ Directed by Man Ray, Jacques-André Boiffard
☛ Written by Man Ray, Jacques-André Boiffard
☛ Produced by Le Vicomte de Noailles
☛ Starring: Man Ray, Georges Auric, Le Comte de Beaumont, Le Vicomte de Noailles, Marie-Laure de Noailles, Jacques-André Boiffard
About Man Ray 🖣
Man Ray (born Emmanuel Radnitzky; August 27, 1890 – November 18, 1976) was an American visual artist who spent most of his career in Paris. He was a significant contributor to the Dada and Surrealist movements, although his ties to each were informal. He produced major works in a variety of media but considered himself a painter above all. He was best known for his pioneering photography, and was a renowned fashion and portrait photographer. He is also noted for his work with photograms, which he called “rayographs” in reference to himself.