Un Chien Andalou (An Andalusian Dog) (1928)
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Fledging director Luis Buñuel and painter Salvador Dali create this ultimate surrealist film, which is essentially a barrage of striking and irrational images designed to shock and provoke. During the course of the film, we witness a close-up of a woman's eye being slashed open with a razor; a man dragging a piano, two bishops, and a pair of rotting asses across a room; ants swarming around a hole in a man's palm; and sundry severed limbs and gratuitous slayings. Though this was originally a
Jun 6, 1929 Wide
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This is the avant-garde masterpiece with the razor across an eyeball and dead donkeys sprawled across pianos.
Luis Buñuel began his movie career with the most notorious opening sequence in movie history.
A movie like this is a tonic. It assaults old and unconscious habits of moviegoing.
Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí deployed voguish ideas of Freudian free association, and Surrealist dream logic to unsettle bourgeois values and destabilize cinematic convention.
Decades later, Bunuel's first feature still is the seminal surrealist film, a powerful assemblage of shocking images aimed to provoke and irritate.
With irreverent abandon the maverick artists provoke the audience with a movie that celebrates film's adaptive quality at exposing the sub-conscious mind. "Un Chien Andalou" is 17-minutes of sheer cinematic genius.
It was released in 1929, but it still has the power to make audiences cringe today and it may remain the most notorious 16 minutes of film ever made.
Arguably the most notorious 16 minutes of film ever made, Un Chien andalou is still cinema's most potent manifesto of the irrational and the surreal.
Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dali's Un Chien Andalou is absolutely essential viewing for anyone seriously interested in cinema.
an introduction to the power of the irrational and to the concept that art could exist for its own sake
It may be short, it may even be dated, but this unnerving slice of surrealist psychedelia is the reason we all dream in black and white.
... no doubt that Buñuel's initial foray helped establish cinema as a true art form
The result of an amalgamation of the dreams of a madman (Dali) and a genius (Buñuel), Un Chien Andalou shocked the world three quarters of a decade ago and continues to do so today.
Though Un Chien Andalou is a rich composite of symbols, Buñuel refuses to allow his symbols to speak for themselves.
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