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Emak-Bakia (Leave me alone)
Directed by Man Ray
Produced by Man Ray
Written by Man Ray
Starring Man Ray
Kiki of Montparnasse (Alice Prin)
Jacques Rigaut
Release dates
France France 1926
Running time
19 min.

Emak-Bakia (Basque for Leave me alone) is a 1926 film directed by Man Ray. Subtitled as a cinépoéme, it features many filming techniques used by Man Ray, including Rayographs, Double exposure, soft focus and ambiguous features.


Emak-Bakia shows elements of fluid mechanical motion in parts, rotating artifacts showing his ideas of everyday objects being extended and rendered useless. Kiki of Montparnasse (Alice Prin) is shown driving a car in a scene through a town. Towards the middle of the film Jacques Rigaut appears dressed in female clothing and make-up. Later in the film a caption appears

La raison de cette extravagance (The reason for this extravagance)

And it cuts to a car arriving and a passenger leaving with briefcase entering a building, opening the case revealing men's shirt collars which he proceeds to tear in half. The collars are then used a focus for the film, rotating through double exposures.


  • Originally a silent film, recent copies have been dubbed using music taken from Man Ray's personal record collection of the time. The musical reconstruction was by Jacques Guillot.
  • When the film was first exhibited, a man in the audience stood up to complain it was giving him a headache and hurting his eyes. Another man told him to shut up, and they both started to fight. The theatre turned into a frenzy, the fighting end up out in the street, and the police were called in to stop the riot.
  • Emak bakia can also mean "give peace" ("emak" is the imperative form of the verb "eman", which means "give") in Basque.
  • In 2012, Spanish director Oskar Alegria directed a feature-length documentary film La Casa Emak Bakia which details his search for the house where Emak Bakia was filmed.[1]



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