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Un Chien Andalou (1929)

Un chien andalou (original title)
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Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí present 17 minutes of bizarre, surreal imagery.

Director:

Luis Buñuel (as Louis Bunuel)

Writers:

Salvador Dalí (scenario) (as Salvador Dali), Luis Buñuel (scenario) (as Louis Bunuel)
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Simone Mareuil ... Young girl (as Simonne Mareuil)
Pierre Batcheff ... Man (as Pierre Batchef)
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Storyline

In 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 completely meaningless, this short (17-minute) film certainly presented something new in the cinema of its day. Written by garykmcd

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Short | Fantasy | Horror

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Not Rated | See all certifications »

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Country:

France

Language:

French

Release Date:

6 June 1929 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Un Chien Andalou See more »

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Silent

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1.33 : 1
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Trivia

During the bicycle scene, the woman who is sitting on a chair while reading throws the book aside. The image it shows when it lays open is a reproduction of a painting by Johannes Vermeer. Vermeer was a Dutch painter greatly admired by Salvador Dalí, and Dalí often referenced Vermeer in his own paintings. See more »

Goofs

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 »

Alternate Versions

The film was re-released in 1960 with soundtracks. See more »

Connections

Referenced in La Legende~Dali (2009) See more »

Soundtracks

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Performed by Vicente Alvarez & 'Carlos Otero'
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Open Doors To The Irrational
5 May 2005 | by G_a_l_i_n_aSee all my reviews

I still remember my visit to Philadelphia Museum of Art, back in the April of 2005. One of the reasons I went there was to to see the Salvador Dali's exhibitions but the tickets were sold out. While in the museum, I was able to see two films that Dali was a big part of. In the video Gallery of the museum, two intriguing projects have been running together in the continuous loop, the early "Un Chien Andalou" (17 minutes) and the recently released, animated Destino (6 minutes). This was the first viewing for me. I kept coming back to the gallery few more times and I never was tired of both short films.

The inspiration for "Un Chien Andalou" began with the dreams of two young rebellious men, the artists and the friends, Luis Bunuel and Salvador Dali. They exchanged the dreams they both had, Bunuel - about a slender cloud slicing the moon in half "like a razor blade slicing through an eye", and Dali - about a dream involving a hand enveloped by ants. Both artists soon began working on a film script based on these ideas.

Made in 1929, the film has not aged at all. Its disconnected but haunting scenes and images are as shocking today (at least, for me they were) as I am sure they were all these years ago for the viewers who faced them for the first time. The reason the film is so powerful even now may be the themes of love, sex, death, and decay that are eternal and will always attract the artists and audiences alike. It is also could be in the establishing and following by both artists the certain rules, "No idea or image that might lend itself to a rational explanation of any kind will be accepted...We had to open all doors to the irrational and keep only those images that surprised us without trying to explain why." Perhaps, Dali and Bunuel intended their film to be experienced directly, on the visceral level, and not analyzed by the viewers.


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