Sunday, February 24, 2008

Un Chien Andalou (An Andalusian Dog)

Google Video: A 1929 surrealist film by Salvador Dalí and Luis Buñuel. Inspired by dreams, Un Chien Andalou had no intention of making sense. Any connection one scene seemingly has to another is simply due to our own assumption that it does. The film was meant to shock the late 1920's audiences, though through time more and more films began to use the same techniques as this one, hence lessening its shock value today. During the premier Buñuel claimed to have kept stones in his pockets to throw at the audience in the case of an uproar of disapproval. Instead it was greatly accepted and ran for eight months in the theater (which was probably a disappointment to Buñuel).

Un Chien Andalou. Dir. Luis Bunuel. Writ. Luis Bunuel and Salvador Dali. 1929. Les Grands Films Classiques, 1960. Interama Video Classics, 2001.

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