The Artist-Magician as Filmmaker: Wilhelm Freddie’s Films and the New Myth

  • Kristoffer Noheden


The Danish artist Wilhelm Freddie made the two experimental short films The Definite Rejection of a Request for a Kiss and Eaten Horizons together with the filmmaker Jørgen Roos in 1949 and 1950. This chapter examines Freddie’s films in relation to the development of the surrealist short film, his participation in Le Surréalisme en 1947 , and his organization of the rarely discussed 1949 exhibition Surrealistisk manifestation in Stockholm. The chapter also discusses how Freddie’s films coincided with his “esoteric period,” and consequently examines how they relate to magic, occultism, and surrealism’s search for a new myth, and so brings in Walter Benjamin, Eliphas Lévi, and André Breton in the analysis.

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  • Kristoffer Noheden
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  1. 1.Department of Media StudiesStockholm UniversityStockholmSweden

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