Un Chien Andalou


Un Chien Andalou (1929)



Critic Consensus: A hugely influential masterpiece stuffed with iconic sequences, Un Chien Andalou has lost none of its power to enthrall - or unsettle.


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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 (4)

[It's] a documentary rendering of the dream state, of dream logic... and/or a contrivance by two ambitious young Spaniards to offer as much outrageousness as an artistic alibi can cover.

Jun 24, 2006 | Full Review…
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This is the avant-garde masterpiece with the razor across an eyeball and dead donkeys sprawled across pianos.

Mar 25, 2006 | Rating: 5/5

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

Feb 7, 2004

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

Apr 20, 2002 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Plenty of movies follow dream logic. This has dream rhythm.

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

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

Aug 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 incredible boldness for the time it came out, making use of Freudian symbolism not only to take us in a dream-like surrealistic 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

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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.

Super Reviewer

Disturbingly brilliant. This movie takes the idea that film is presented like a dream, and make a film which is literally based on the film maker's dreams (the sleeping kind, that is.). You have to see it to believe it. If you like experimental movies, you'll love this.

Aj V
Aj V

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