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corchap's avatar


For the people who don't understand this film-- its an experimental film from the 20's in France when the avant-garde expression was born. There is no narrative, its a series of dream sequences that is meant to see things differently without explaining them. It is relying on dream impressions rather than objective observation. When we dream, things change form and events occur for no reason and this film was meant to bring our dream sequences into our conscious mind. Its not pleasing to the eye- pun intended- but it means to attack the casualties of our dreams and make us aware of them.
10 years 5 months ago
SkilledLunatic's avatar


"It was Buñuel's intention to shock and insult the intellectual bourgeoisie of his youth, later saying: Historically, this film represents a violent reaction against what at that time was called 'avantgarde cine,' which was directed exclusively to the artistic sensibility and to the reason of the spectator. Against his hopes and expectations, the film was a huge success amongst the French bourgeoisie, leading Buñuel to exclaim in exasperation, "What can I do about the people who adore all that is new, even when it goes against their deepest convictions, or about the insincere, corrupt press, and the inane herd that saw beauty or poetry in something which was basically no more than a desperate impassioned call for murder?"
They wanted to be hated.
10 years 11 months ago
pfluke's avatar


I can practically smell the absinthe
11 years 2 months ago
kottonen's avatar


This was an experience of a film. The kind where, after watching, my partner and I both opened the relevant Wikipedia article with its very detailed synopsis to confirm: yes, that was, indeed, what we had seen. There was that bit with armpit hair, and that part with the clerics, and the stripy box, and–

Intended as a slap, a provocation, a smirk into the stupidly-round face of bourgeoisie, Un Chien Andalou is a technical feat and, in places, absurd to the point of being funny. Directed by young Luis Buñuel and written by young Salvador Dali, it is supposed to satirise the art contemporary to it, but ends up becoming a part of the cinematic canon.

It is great to once again see the diversity of silent film and the extent it had developed in the late 1920s. Another point is the fashion, the interiors, the French streets as they existed at the time. I am so used to seeing all of that recreated on film, but here is genuine article!

I have come across the notion that music videos owe their style to Un Chien Andalou. Perhaps. There, certainly, are similarities. In my own turn, I rather started thinking about David Lynch and his taste for the absurd and horrific.
7 years ago
SkilledLunatic's avatar


I didn't get it either but you're not supposed to. It was dream sequence with strange juxtapositions, made to shock and bring out emotions. It succeeds.
Also I agree with @Daddy Cool, if this is shocking for us, imagine it in 1929...
10 years 11 months ago
I-M-Pulsive's avatar


Wow, that must've been way ahead of it's time. It is still sometimes quite shocking. Imagine what that would be like in 1929
11 years 7 months ago
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Yukon Cornelius

11 years 11 months ago
rtrench's avatar


slicing up eyeballs
whoa ho ho ho
12 years 6 months ago
Ivan0716's avatar


Surrealism in its purest form.
14 years 1 month ago
TheBanana's avatar


Truly disturbing. And yet so brilliant in a way. Argh.
12 years 5 months ago
Dieguito's avatar


Hallucinating, surrealist, memorable scenes, amazing soundtrack!! Best short ever!
12 years 11 months ago
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14 years ago
guffaa88's avatar


Both of the leading actors committed suicide a few years after the movie was filmed...

12 years 1 month ago
starnamedstork's avatar


I do believe the title roughly translates into "15 minutes of WTF".
12 years 5 months ago
demagogo's avatar


Doesn't anybody see the arrogance and stubbornness in believing something you created is literally impossible to explain?
8 years 6 months ago

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