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.
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
Performed by Vicente Alvarez
& 'Carlos Otero' See more