Light Cone, in cooperation with publisher Paris Expérimental will release next September what promises to be the definitive edition of Germaine Dulac's The Seashell and the Clergyman (1927). The film, based on a script by Antonin Artaud, will be published in a boxset containing a DVD and a bilingual book in French and English with numerous extras:
- The film in its original silent version, restored by the Nederlands Filmmuseum in collaboration with Light Cone, plus three musical versions composed by Pascal Comelade, Thomas Köner and Iris ter Schiphorst.
- Two extras conceived by Nicolas Droin and Prosper Hillairet, with contributions from Artaud and Dulac experts: Tumulte aux Ursulines (Uproar in the Ursulines, 2008, 15 mins) and Surimpressions (Superimpositions, 2009, 33 mins).
- A new and revised edition (160 pages) of the seminal book Artaud-Dulac: La Coquille Et Le Clergyman Essai D'elucidation D'une Querelle Mythique by Alain and Odette Virmaux published by Paris Experimental (1999).
- Germaine Dulac's biography and filmography.
- An account of the restoration of the film: Catherine Cormon, director of restoration at the Nederlands Filmmuseum, retraces the history of the different versions of the film and of the restoration process.
Release date: September 15th, 2009. RRP: 32,90 €.