A surrealistic film with input from Salvador Dalí. Director Luis Buñuel presents stark, surrealistic images including the slitting open of a woman's eye and a dead horse being pulled along on top of a piano. A mysterious film open to interpretations ranging from deep to it all meaning absolutely nothing. It is certain that this short (17 minute) film presented something new in the cinema of its day. Written by
Did You Know?
The razor slicing through the eye is said to be the first scene ever shot by Buñuel, according to collaborator and screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière in the 2008 documentary, The Last Script: Remembering Luis Buñuel. This documentary can be found in the Criterion Collection DVD Special Features of The Exterminating Angel. See more
When the young woman with the box is about to be run over by a car, she raises her hands. At that moment she is not holding the box. In the next shot just before the accident she is holding the box again. See more
Prelude Tristan und Isolde
Music by Richard Wagner
Performed on the BBC radio service
Alfred Hitchcock's 1930 film "Murder!", inspired by the soundtrack from Un Chien Andalou? See more