From Dali to Dulac

"The surrealist film-concert", in partnership with the Cinémathèque de Toulouse

Les Abattoirs

In partnership with the Cinémathèque de Toulouse for the 2nd SYNCHRO film-concert festival, as part of the "Giacometti's time (1946-1966)" series.

In 2022, the Cinémathèque de Toulouse inaugurated a new format, SYNCHRO, a festival of film concerts, dedicated to silent films and film concerts. Through these two dimensions, the festival offers the chance to (re)discover works of silent cinema through the eyes and talents of musicians with very different approaches.

For its second edition, SYNCHRO invites itself to Les Abattoirs for a surrealist ciné-concert.

Two screenings accompanied live by Paleboy Mcghee are on offer:

Un chien andalou
Luis Buñuel
1929. Fr. 24 min. B&W. Digital. Silent.

Call to murder. Surreal. The eye is now cauterised. But as Henri Michaux wrote: who leaves a trace, leaves a wound. A scar transforms and marks a body in its history. By cutting out this eye, Buñuel punctured, or at least took the eye out of, the gaze of reason and bourgeois morality in cinema.

The Shell and the Clergyman
Germaine Dulac
1928. Fr. 39 min. B&W. Silent.

A Freudian and experimental film about the sexual frustrations of a priest who falls in love. A milestone in the history of avant-garde cinema. And one of those battles of Hernani like the era could produce - Artaud, who wrote the screenplay, reproached the filmmaker for her lack of understanding of surrealism, causing a memorable scandal in the process at the screening at the Ursulines.

Musical style:

Paleboy Mcghee (Pepe Delgado) electric guitar, slide, loop and effects, various amplified objects.
Paleboy Mcghee was born in Cadiz in 1975. While still a child, he saw a scene on television in which a knife was used to cut out an eye. His mother explained to him that it was Luis Buñuel's Un chien andalou. He saw a door opening.
At the age of eleven, he picked up a guitar for the very first time and developed a great interest in the darker blues. He incorporated elements of bands such as Sonic Youth, Corcobado and My Bloody Valentine into his sound palette, as well as the echoes of flamenco echoing through the streets of his home town.
At the end of the 1990s, he formed D4 Insight, a post-rock and free jazz quartet that linked him with Sr. Chinarro, with whom he recorded La Primera Ópera envasada al vacìo (2001), the Sevillian band's ill-fated album. Later, in 2015, he moved to Toulouse, where he performed with Maybees and Mud Twins. In 2022, he reopened the door to his childhood with a live performance of Un chien andalou in the Parisian restaurant of the same name.
Based on ambient loops and a main melody, Loren Connors-style inverted delays, Snakefingers-style extraterrestrial tremolos and Glenn Branca-style dissonances add rhythm and atmosphere, enveloping the audience in the films Un chien andalou and La Coquille et le Clergyman.

Prices and tickets

* Reduced rate: students, over-60s, RSA, jobseekers, disabled people, press cards

La Coquille et le Clergyman © Lightcone
Un chien andalou © Coll. La Cinémathèque de Toulouse