"Let's go into the cinema where the perforated celluloid is purring in the darkness. On entering, our gaze is guided by the luminous ray to the screen where for two hours it will remain fixed...Our problems evaporate, our neighbours disappear. Our body itself submits to a sort of temporary depersonalization which takes away the feeling of its own existence. We are nothing but two eyes riveted to ten square metres of white canvas...The darkness of the auditorium destroys the rivalry of real images that would contradict the ones on the screen."
Jean Goudal, 'Surrealism and Cinema' (1925)