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Fernand Léger and the Cinema

Musée National Fernand Léger / Biot / Art

Most of us are familiar with Fernand Léger’s signature form of Cubism, called “tubism.” But how many are aware of his deep love for all things cinema—set designs, posters, theory, direction, production. In 1924, Léger made his first movie, Ballet Mécanique, an avant-garde picture that saw objects and characters animated and altered. A year after its completion, he declared, “the cinema is thirty years old, it is young, modern, free and without tradition … Cinema personalizes the fragment, it frames it and it is a new realism whose consequences can be incalculable.” This show looks at Léger’s contributions to the moving pictures, and includes his credits for Abel Gance’s film La Roue and his work on L’Inhumaine, a 1924 film directed by Marcel L’Herbier. —E.C.

Musée National Fernand Léger 255 Chem. du Val de Pôme, 06410 Biot, France
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