The trends in cinema have changed over the years, and surrealism is a style that quickly caught the imagination of moviegoers. The beginnings of the surrealistic style of movie making began with a rejection of the linear style that had become the convention. This new style set that narrative aside and instead focused on the subconscious and on events that happen by chance. This video is features Alan Williams, an author who discusses the history of movie making in France and how surrealism came about and how it affects movies and culture today. The history of Dadaism is also explored as well as its influence on surrealism. This 39-minute video explores some of the best-known figures in both the Dadaism and surrealism movements and highlights some of the most important movies in the genre. With the DVD, view this film on either a DVD-ROM or in a DVD player.