Imagine if you could film your dreams. Well, Surrealist Movement artists Luis Bunuel and Salvador Dali tried to give the subconscious form in 1929 when they made UN CHIEN ANDALOU (means “The Andalusian Dog”). If you are looking for a straightforward narrative, you will be hard-pressed to find it here. Like the human subconscious, this film is filled with seemingly disparate images crashing together in ways that are still jarring decades later. Maybe you heard about this film before as the one where a woman’s eyeball gets sliced open, or perhaps you heard about the ants crawling all over a man’s hand, the woman getting run over, or the dead burros in the pianos. Provocateurs Bunuel and Dali not only disrupted conventional notions of time and space to intentionally shock viewers, but imbued their images with a seductive form of violence. You are repulsed, but you can’t look away. Death and desire seem to dance in every scene.
Bunuel later said, “Historically the film represents a violent reaction against what in those days was called ‘avant-garde,’ which was aimed exclusively at artistic sensibility and the audience’s reason.” Whether they we successful or not in that aim can be debated today, but it is clear that this film has a unique and important place in the history of cinema – Marie.
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