Erik Satie/Rene Clair: Entr’acte

May 13, 2007

Here is a terrific little 20 minute film by Francis Picabia (screenplay), and RenĂ© Clair (adaptation and screenplay) called “Entr’acte.” I’m fairly sure that the music is by Erik Satie and in 1967 was adapted and orchestrated or reorchestrated by Henri Sauguet who also added some additional music. (Which one aped Chopin’s funeral march? If Satie, then there is a collagist element in him that I have never heard before.) The slo-mo chase scene at 11 minutes reminds me of Koyanaskaaski, or is it Magritte in motion? And the relentless pre-minimalismus at 15 minutes drives the scene unlike any music ever written.

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