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From The Arthouse to The Slaughterhouse: ‘Un Chien Andalou’

7 May 2012 7:38 AM, PDT | Destroy the Brain | See recent Destroy the Brain news »

“From The Arthouse to The Slaughterhouse” is a new column that will take a look at the films that have impacted the history of cinema by blurring the line between the beautiful and the grotesque; the thoughtful and the bizarre; the artistic and the horrific.  Not content with settling for a straightforward approach to either the arthouse or horror genre, these films defy the standards of “talky” arthouse films and “B movie” shocks and find a way to bridge the gap between the two categories.  It’s a look into the films that oppose explanation, interpretation, and reasoning.  Yet for some reason, they stick in the minds of both scholars and horror fans alike long after the final reel.

The 1929 silent film, Un Chien Andalou (The Andalusian Dog), is the first film we will be taking a look at.  Nothing seems more appropriate to say the least.  At a time »

- Michael Haffner

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What I Watched, What You Watched: Installment #129

22 January 2012 9:52 AM, PST | Rope of Silicon | See recent Rope Of Silicon news »

Earlier this week I posted my review of Criterion's Blu-ray release of Luis Bunuel's Belle de Jour (read that here) and seeing how it was the only Bunuel film I'd seen to that point I felt I would beef up my knowledge of the surrealist filmmaker's work with a couple of his films that are available on Netflix Instant beginning with one of his most recognizable filma and moving to an early, 1929 short, which you can actually watch in its entirety below. The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972) If you have Netflix Instant and are at all interested in watching The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie I would recommend you do it now if you don't want to have to wait for them to send it to you. Last year Criterion's DVD edition of the film went out of print and I would bet it won't be on Instant »

- Brad Brevet

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