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Kunstformen der Natur (1904) by Ernst Haeckel
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L'Anticoncept (Eng: The Anticoncept) is a Lettrist anti-film by Gil J. Wolman which was shown for the first time on February 11 1952 at the Avant-Garde 52 film club in the Musée de l'Homme in Paris, projected on a helium-filled weather balloon anchored to the floor with a leash.

It consisted of blank illumination accompanied by a staccato spoken soundtrack. The film was banned by the French censors on April 2 1952 — when the Lettrists visited the 1952 Cannes Film Festival the following month, they were forced to restrict the audience to journalists only. The text of the soundtrack was published in the sole issue of the Lettrist journal Ion (1952; reprinted Jean-Paul Rocher, 1999), and later reissued in a separate edition augmented with associated texts (Editions Allia, 1994). Ion also included the text of Guy Debord's film Howls for Sade, which was dedicated to Wolman and featured his voice in its own soundtrack.

French description

Ce film, composé de deux images, l'une blanche et l'autre noire, est projeté sur un ballon-sonde placé devant les rideaux qui n'ont pas dévoilé pas la toile traditionnelle. Constitué de courtes réflexions sur la vie, l'amour et l'art, on y entend des poésies sonores devenues célèbres et des textes syncopés faussement chantés.

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