About Alice Rahon, l’abeille noire (Alice Rahon: The Black Bee)

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This rarely seen documentary was produced by Aubé Breton Elléouët, the daughter of the founder of surrealism André Breton. It traces the unconventional life of a lesser-known member of the Surrealists—the painter and poet Alice Rahon (1904–1987). Reading like a “who’s who” of modern art and literature, Rahon’s pancontinental career spanned from Europe to Mexico, intersecting with writers like Breton, Roland and Valentine Penrose, Paul Éluard, and Anaïs Nin; filmmaker Luis Buñuel; and many artists, including Wolfgang Paalen, Leonora Carrington, Paul Klee, Man Ray, Joan Miró, Pablo Picasso, Diego Rivera, and Frida Kahlo. In addition to archival material, the film incorporates many of Rahon’s fantastic abstract and semi-abstract paintings—along with her poetry—to illuminate her remarkable personal and artistic journey. In French with English subtitles.

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