Erik Satie/ René Clair: “Entr’acte” (1924)

A classic of avant-garde cinema. In 1924, Satie composed the score for Entr’acte, a short film by René Clair based on a loose screenplay by Dada artist Francis Picabia. The film premiered in Paris on November 27 of that same year. It was shown during the intermission of Relâche, a ballet conceived by Picabia. Entr’acte was most likely intended as a means of testing Satie’s furniture music theories (audience members were expected to walk around and converse during the intermission).

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The short film is composed of a series of surrealist vignettes which feature cameo appearances by Man Ray, Marcel Duchamp, Picabia and Satie. Interestingly, the score is divided into musical blocks that are meant to complement Clair’s visually challenging images.

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