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Eye on Sound: L'invitation au voyage

Director Germaine Dulac is best remembered for La coquille et le clergyman (1928), ‘the first surrealist film’.  The year before, however, she directed a story about a married woman looking for adventure in a night club which was inspired by a symbolist poem by Baudelaire. Thijs Havens accompanies the film on guitar and piano.

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The result is an atmospheric avant-garde cinematic poem, a “melody of images”. Dulac was a true pioneer; she abandoned the theatrical performance and narrative style of early cinema – when actors still expressed their feelings with exaggerated mimicry – and allowed the images to speak for themselves.


Dulac presents a married woman whose husband neglects her emotionally. She starts looking for attention elsewhere and ends up in the decadent night club 'L'Invitation au voyage”, where she is courted by a young officer. She is drawn into a romance, only to discover her admirer is a married man.


The film shows the attraction between a man and a woman in a rhythmic montage of scenes. The gender roles are shown to be equal and reversible: who has power over whom?

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