In the early 1950s, the young surrealists Michel Zimbacca and Jean-Louis Bédouin made the short documentary film L'Invention du monde. The film's narration is composed by the poet Benjamin Péret and largely comprises extracts from American myths he had collected. The non-Western artworks and objects on display in the film were borrowed from the collections of André Breton, Man Ray, Claude Lévi-Strauss, Jacques-Bernard Brunius, and others.
L'Invention du monde is presented here with permission from Michel Zimbacca. The subtitles were translated by Kenneth Cox for a DVD released together with the book Les Surréalistes et le cinéma, edited by Michel Zimbacca and published by Choses Vues in 2011.