End Of The Week Shorts #7.2 extract: The Seashell And The Clergyman (1928)
An ambiguously profound masterpiece, The Seashell And The Clergyman is widely considered the first surrealist film. Entirely captivated by the aesthetic, the astounding edit, lighting and cinematography, I'm left entirely awe-struck by this short. In such, and without having a linear and concrete understanding of the narrative, I've been profoundly affected by the apparent themes of struggle, frustration, desire, yearning, control and confusion. And so, without much more of an ability to articulate exactly why, The Seashell And The Clergyman has deeply resonated with me.