3 items from 2009
This is the 1st post in a series covering the most outrageous moments in underground film history. You can follow the entire series here.
Film: Un Chien Andalou
Director: Luis Bunuel
Co-scenarists Luis Bunuel and Salvador Dali were the very first torture porn artistes when, all the way back in 1929, they filmed a woman getting her eyeball sliced open in their surrealist masterpiece Un Chien Andalou. This one sequence is still one of the most iconic — and disgusting — in all of film history.
To achieve the effect, Bunuel had a real eyeball sliced open. Not the woman’s, of course, but that of a dead calf. And knowing how the effect was achieved doesn’t make watching the inner eye goo that comes spilling out even less revolting.
The rest of the film offers more bizarre sequences designed by the two Spanish troublemakers, including dead donkeys being dragged through the streets, »
- Mike Everleth
Release Date: Feb. 9
Director: Luis Buñuel
Cinematographer: Gabriel Figueroa
Studio/Run Time: The Criterion Collection, 93 mins., 45 mins.
Decades before Lost or even The Twilight Zone, director Luis Buñuel was creating hallucinatory experiences out of mundane reality, deranging the commonplace to sly, subversive effect. The peripatetic Spaniard invented surrealist cinema with his friend Salvador Dali in 1929, claiming a place in art history via the eyeball-slicing scandal of Un Chien Andalou. But the filmmaker drifted after that, failing to gain a foothold in either New York or Hollywood before finally establishing a middle-aged career shooting often melodramatic—and overlooked—commercial fare in Mexico. »
Whatever you think of Milk, there’s no denying that the Oscar-nominated biopic is putting a long-overdue spotlight on the life of Harvey Milk, allowing much of the mainstream audience to learn about his singular achievements for the very first time.
But why stop there? Now that Milk has proven that stirring gay life stories can appeal to more than just a gay audience, Hollywood should think about making movies about the following legends. We’ll even help them decide which to make first by throwing in a rating of 1-5 Harveys for each story’s eventual Oscar bait-ability. That should help land some big name stars.
Who he was: Gorgeous leading man of the 1950s (From Here to Eternity , A Place in the Sun ) who led a torturously closeted existence in Hollywood. Survived a somewhat disfiguring car accident during the filming of Raintree County (1957) opposite Elizabeth Taylor, »
3 items from 2009
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