LA PERLE (THE PEARL), 1929
Dir. Henri d’Ursel
Belgium. 33 min.
Silent with a live score by TIME AND TEMPERATURE
FRIDAY, OCTOBER 18TH – 8PM & 10PM
One night only!
Val Glenn (aka TIME AND TEMPERATURE) stops through on her most recent tour to provide an all new, haunting and beautiful score to the criminally unheralded slice of Belgian surrealism that is d’Ursel’s LA PERLE.
What begins as simply as a man attempting to purchase a string of pearls for his fiancee quickly becomes a strange journey home as he discovers doors leading to forests, living photographs, and a mysterious seductress that finds him at every turn.
Despite it being released almost 85 years ago, LA PERLE is strikingly ahead of it’s time. While we live in what often feels like a cinematic recycling bin, filled to the brim with tepid “re-imaginings” and “loving homages” have replaced genuine ideas. Callbacks in 1929 were downright unheard of, so the references to the works of Man Ray or Buñuel and other visually familiar cues found in LA PERLE were (are) exciting. The whole of Belgian surrealism owes much to those that came before, but the world is no worse off for it.
Join Spectacle and TIME AND TEMPERATURE as we celebrate this unsung gem for one night only in the most holy month of Autumn.
Val will have her tour cassette Fur on Fur (and other merch) for sale at both performances.