By Gabriel Mandel Khan, Rosanna M. Giammanco Frongia

Provides a letter-by-letter research of all of the very important alphabets utilized by todays calligraphers and contours a set of plates representing the cultured in addition to the practical facets of those alphabets as interpreted by way of prime modern calligraphers

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The young man on the beach (played by Robert Hommet), who is joined by Mareuil when she leaves Batcheff, appears from nowhere, and is almost immediately halfburied in the sand – or is this Batcheff’s fate? As a consequence of the tenuous psychological substance of the characters, interest is constantly displaced to the dramatic function and physical presence of objects such as the razor, the box or the tie. Time and space The logic of realist narrative is also undermined by temporal and spatial inconsistencies throughout the film, both profilmic (non-media specific) and filmic (through montage).

Not only is the plot disrupted or undermined by non-sequiturs that impede or arrest the unfolding of the story from within, it is also juxtaposed with sequences that appear to run parallel with, or counter to, the main narrative, and seem difficult to integrate into the storyline. On the contrary, these counter-narrative elements compete with and displace the main narrative. ROMANTIC MELODRAMA OR MAGIC THEATRE? 37 Repetition and serialization Firstly, narrative progression is countered by elements of repetition and serialization.

Disorientation or dépaysement – with its point of departure in everyday reality and its point of arrival in the surreal – was considered a fundamental surrealist principle. Related to the concept of defamiliarization or ostranienie developed by Chklovski and the early Russian Formalists, it is based on the idea that the function of art is to counteract the automatization that deadens everyday perception, making us see anew rather than simply recognize. The formal strategies of defamiliarization outlined above – the film’s ellipses and interpolated shots, its spatial incongruities, irrational associations, rhythmic structures, fragmentation – impede naturalization.

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