The Tragicomedy of Marriage

1957

Dir. Robert Pike, 16mm Black and White Sound 00:09:00

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Description

An uninhabited forerunner of the New American Cinema Movement, this film forms a perfect link between the Avant-garde classic Le Chien Andalou and the sick-hip films of the present movement. It deals with the conflict between a man who wants a wife for domestic reasons and who is terrified of sex, and a woman who wants a husband for sexual reasons and who abhors domestic chores. Using tongue-in-cheek symbolism to the nth degree, the film deliberately spoofs the type of Freudian surrealistic experimental films that use sexual symbols to excess. Produced during the height of the West Coast Experimental Film Movement by the head of the Creative Film Society.
[Source: Creative Film Society Catalogue, 1975]