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“Le Temps Suspendu”: Suspended Time, Surrealism and Shamanic Myth

DOI: 10.4236/als.2016.42004, PP. 23-25

Keywords: Surrealism, Film, Poetics

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A close examination of Rene Clair’s films Paris qui Dort and Entr’acte reveals a connection between Clair’s cinematic technique of “instantanéisme” and Breton’s notion of “suspended time”. The Surrealist Voice emerges from the liminal state between sleeping and waking as “spoken thought”, the voice of being revealing itself to the poet. It is poesis speaking itself.


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