A documentary on surrealist cinema from 1987, presented by David Lynch

Here is an intriguing documentary made for BBC Four’s arts strand Arena on surrealist cinema. The “documentary”—which is actually just a series of clips from short surrealist films—also happens to be presented and hosted by the always-fascinating David Lynch. He introduces each work by supplying a bit of often-fascinating information about the director of each film, which is then usually accompanied by some insight into its influence on his own movies. The films discussed—including The Girl With The Prefabricated Heart (1947) by Fernand Léger and Blood Of A Poet (1932) by Jean Cocteau—are all essential for fans of the surreal, and it is a pure delight to hear a modern master discuss the paramount influence of old legends.

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Samuel Tunningley is a student attending Central Michigan University. He is currently working toward an undergraduate degree in online journalism and a minor in cinema studies. In addition to contributing to The Seventh Art, he also serves as the Arts & Entertainment editor for Grand Central Magazine.