"> Name: Dulac and Artaud's The Seashell and the Clergyman

Date:  1926 - 1950

Location:  Europe

SubjectReligious , Other

MediumFilm Video

Artist: Germaine Dulac

Confronting Bodies: British Board Of Film Censors

Date of Action: 1929

Specific Location: England

Description of Artwork: La Coquille et le Clergyman (The Seashell and the Clergyman. Dulac. 1928) La Coquille has been given the honour of being the first feminist and Surrealist film ever made And not surprisingly it has caused its fair share of controversy. The director, Germaine Dulac, used a scenario written by Antonin Artaud, but gave it her own interpretation. Artaud had initiaily wanted to play the priest (played by Alex Allin) but not to direct the film, but after the film had come out immediately started criticising Dulac for her modification of his mysoginistic and brutal scenario. According to the film journalist Wendy Dozoretz. Artaud shouted 'Mme Dulac is a cow!' at the premiere and his friends stopped the screening before storming out. La Coquille is ''...the unique product of two incongruous minds." (Dozoretz. Wide Angle. 1979)

Description of Incident: In banning it the British Board Of Film Censors states: "This film is apparently meaningless, but if it has any meaning it is doubtless objectionable."

Results of Incident: Banned in 1929.

Source: NCAC

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