Anémic-cinéma [1926]

03Apr12 – 10 – Anémic-cinéma (Rrose Sélavy [Marcel Duchamp]: 1926)

The cinematic high point for the day was Marcel Duchamp’s ANÉMIC-CINÉMA (1926) which is tiresome and punny in an irritating way. 10/10. [4/3/12]

So I watched Marcel Duchamp’s short “Anémic Cinéma” from 1926 yesterday, a Dada short of various rotating spirals with spiraling “title cards” of nonsensical French sentences filled with assonance and consonance and internal rhymes that in spite of their punning nature do actually have meanings if not *a* meaning (I linked to Katrina Martin’s piece about the film earlier). The first of the title cards reads: BAINS DE GROS THÉ POUR GRAINS DE BEAUTÉ SANS TROP BE BENGUÉ. Translated that’s “baths of vulgar tea for beauty marks without too much bengué.” “Bengué”, it turns out, is the name of the French doctor who invented the pain cream “Ben-Gay” which used to be advertised in American periodicals this way. (Peter Pain? I’m too young to remember.)

{Insert Ben-Gay ad}



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