Leonora Carrington on and off Screen: Intertextual and Intermedial Connections between the Artist’s Creative Practice and the Medium of Film

Lora Markova, Roger Shannon

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    This article explores the under-researched intertextual and intermedial connections between Leonora Carrington’s transdisciplinary practice and the medium of film. The analysis focuses on the artist’s cameo appearances in two 1960s Mexican productions—There Are No Thieves in This Village (Alberto Isaac 1964) and A Pure Soul (Juan Ibáñez 1965)—which mark her creative collaborations with Surrealist filmmaker Luis Buñuel and Magic Realists Gabriel García Márquez and Carlos Fuentes. Carrington’s cameo roles are analyzed within a network of intertextual translations between her visual and literary works that often mix autobiographical and fictional motifs. Moreover, it is argued that Carrington’s cinematic mediations employ the recurring Surrealist tropes of anti-Catholic and anti-bourgeois satire. The article also investigates Carrington’s creative approach towards art directing and costume design, expressed in the Surrealist horror film The Mansion of Madness (Juan López Moctezuma 1973). The analysis examines the intermedial connections between Carrington’s practice of cinematic set design and her earlier experiments with theatrical scenography. Overall, this study aims to reveal undiscovered aspects of Leonora Carrington’s artistic identity and her transdisciplinary oeuvre.
    Original languageEnglish
    Pages (from-to)11
    JournalArts
    Volume8
    Issue number1
    Early online date10 Jan 2019
    DOIs
    Publication statusPublished - 11 Jan 2019

    Keywords

    • A Pure Soul
    • Alejandro Jodorowsky
    • Leonora Carrington
    • Luis Bunuel
    • The Mansion of Madness
    • There Are No Thieves in This Village
    • art directing
    • cameo role
    • film
    • surrealism

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    Leonora Carrington: Living Legacies

    COX, AILSA. (ed.), HEWISON, JAMES. (ed.), MAN, MICHELLE. (ed.), SHANNON, ROGER. (ed.), DEAN, CLAIRE., MAN, MICHELLE., HEWISON, JAMES., Felicity Gee, Catriona McAra, ZInnari, A., Kent, A., Plunkett, T., Gremels, A., Lee, J., Carrington Weisz, G., Sharman, P. & Salmeron, J., 6 Dec 2019, 1st ed. Vernon Press. 244 p.

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