Watch Francis Picabia and Rene ́Clair’s surrealist film Entr’acte (Links to an external site.) (1924), which features a soundtrack by Erik Satie, one of the earliest examples of a synchronized film score! Entr’acte is a satirical critique of the political and aesthetic effects of World War I. It is regarded as a landmark film due to its early eschewal of conventional narrative forms and use of experimental camera techniques and special effects. After watching, pick any 2-3 minute excerpt from the film you really enjoyed (please make note of the timestamp in your response), and write an essay (300 words) discussing how Satie’s music interfaces with the film’s narrative, imagery, camera and film effects (e.g. slow motion), personalities or behaviors of characters, pacing, or affects or temperaments of scenes (e.g. ominous or lighthearted), just to name a few. Try to describe the music in the greatest detail possible. Consider the instruments, loudness, repetition, density, texture, expressive qualities, or anything else you are perceiving. At the end, briefly discuss how, or if, Satie’s music underscores Picabia and Clair’s satirical critique of wartime technology, modernity, and industrial capitalism.
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