• Kristoffer NohedenEmail author


This chapter describes how André Breton announced a change in direction for surrealism towards the search for a new myth in the years following World War II. It argues for the need to explore surrealist cinema in a more expansive way, and that some post-war surrealist films benefit in particular from being placed in the context of surrealism’s search for a new myth. Having pinpointed some problems with the dominant tendencies in scholarship on surrealist film, it sketches out an expanded surrealist film history. It then proceeds to provide some definitions of surrealism’s understanding of myth and magic, before indicating how surrealism’s interest in occultism came to influence its film poetics in the direction of analogies and correspondences.

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  1. 1.Department of Media StudiesStockholm UniversityStockholmSweden

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