Stan Neumann: The Surrealistic Photography

The Czech born, based in Paris, director Stan Neumann is a real auteur, who has been working a lot for the French-German cultural channel arte as one of the directors trusted by Thierry Garrel, when he was leading the arte Unité Documentaire. Neumann made two masterpieces, ”Language does not Lie” and ”A House in Prague” (the first one written about on this site) but apart from that he has been behind a huge series on Architecture and he has made a lot of documentaries for the television channel on visual arts.

One of them is a 2009 production on the surrealistic photography made in cooperation with the Centre Pompidou in Paris. It is one of those playful visual lectures that with an excellent commentary introduces you to not only the famous surrealists Man Ray (Photo of the legendary Kiki de Montparnasse), Salvador Dali and André Breton, but also to Dora Maar and Alvarez Bravo. You are entertained and informed, well you learn something when Neumann puts one photo after the other to our vision and manipulates the framing to make us wiser.

I watched it on the Danish digital channel for culture dr K.

France, 26 mins.

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Tue Steen Müller
Tue Steen Müller

Müller, Tue Steen
Documentary Consultant and Critic, DENMARK

Worked with documentary films for more than 20 years at the Danish Film Board, as press officer, festival representative and film consultant/commissioner. Co-founder of Balticum Film and TV Festival, Filmkontakt Nord, Documentary of the EU and EDN (European Documentary Network).
Awards: 2004 the Danish Roos Prize for his contribution to the Danish and European documentary culture. 2006 an award for promoting Portuguese documentaries. 2014 he received the EDN Award “for an outstanding contribution to the development of the European documentary culture”. 2016 The Cross of the Knight of the Order for Merits to Lithuania. 2019 a Big Stamp at the 15th edition of ZagrebDox. 2021 receipt of the highest state decoration, Order of the Three Stars, Fourth Class, for the significant contribution to the development and promotion of Latvian documentary cinema outside Latvia. In 2022 he received an honorary award at DocsBarcelona’s 25th edition having served as organizer and programmer since the start of the festival.
From 1996 until 2005 he was the first director of EDN (European Documentary Network). From 2006 a freelance consultant and teacher in workshops like Ex Oriente, DocsBarcelona, Archidoc, Documentary Campus, Storydoc, Baltic Sea Forum, Black Sea DocStories, Caucadoc, CinéDOC Tbilisi, Docudays Kiev, Dealing With the Past Sarajevo FF as well as programme consultant for the festivals Magnificent7 in Belgrade, DOCSBarcelona, Verzio Budapest, Message2Man in St. Petersburg and DOKLeipzig. Teaches at the Zelig Documentary School in Bolzano Italy.

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