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Un Chien Andalou (1929)

Un Chien Andalou (1929)




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A classic, revolutionary short film, Un Chien Andalou abandons linear narrative for a dream-like succession of provocative, unexplained images, from ants devouring a man's hand to the infamous eyeball slit by a razor. This collaboration between Luis Bunuel and Salvador Dali is an essential masterpiece of the surrealist movement.

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Critic Reviews for Un Chien Andalou

All Critics (21) | Top Critics (3)

This is the avant-garde masterpiece with the razor across an eyeball and dead donkeys sprawled across pianos.

March 25, 2006 | Rating: 5/5
New York Times
Top Critic

Luis Buñuel began his movie career with the most notorious opening sequence in movie history.

February 7, 2004
Village Voice
Top Critic

A movie like this is a tonic. It assaults old and unconscious habits of moviegoing.

April 20, 2002 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…
Chicago Sun-Times
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Plenty of movies follow dream logic. This has dream rhythm.

September 23, 2016 | Rating: 4/4 | Full Review…

Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí deployed voguish ideas of Freudian free association, and Surrealist dream logic to unsettle bourgeois values and destabilize cinematic convention.

July 2, 2013 | Full Review…
Scene 360

Decades later, Bunuel's first feature still is the seminal surrealist film, a powerful assemblage of shocking images aimed to provoke and irritate.

August 24, 2012 | Rating: A | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Un Chien Andalou

A mind-blowing piece of work that represents a landmark in Cinema due to its fantastic boldness for the time it came out, making use of Freudian symbolism not only to take us in a dream-like surrealist experience but also to challenge the very conception of narrative.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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"BWAAAHHHH!" -Hank Hill. That's what I said on the infamous eye scene. Another experimental short. "What the hell?" is what you're gonna say throughout its 20 minutes. What "Un Chien Andalou" offers is a high amount of shock-value and stand-alone scenes that are simply awe-inspiring for its time. C'mon, it made me flinch and engaged. For a short from the 20's, that's absolutely impressive if you ask me. There's not a true narrative to solidly put a finger on; its expected to be a motion picture that's to be interpreted, and what you get is a buffet line of symbolism to be picked apart. "Un Chien Andalou" is a film-lover's dessert.

Albert Kim
Albert Kim

Super Reviewer

I just kept saying out loud, over and over, "What the hell am I watching?" Sure, it made me think more than many longer and plot filled movies have, but overall I was unnerved from the strange, dreamlike events that transpired.

Spencer S.
Spencer S.

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