Sunday, February 20, 2011

Un Chien Andalou, Dalí & Buñuel

Part 1

Part 2

*New Video Source 2/22

This is the entire 16 minute short avant-garde/surrealist silent film made by collaborators Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí in the 1920s.  It was produced in France and the title translates to The Andalusian Dog in English.   Rather than a chronological narrative, the film uses psychological association and dream imagery to introduce loose characters and events.  The film was said to be very shocking when it came out, but that didn't deter anyone from seeing it-- it was a very popular film upon release.  

There are so many amazing or hard-to-watch images in the film.  One of the most infamous scenes is the cutting or slitting of an eyeball-- intended to look like the eye of a character-- and people debated for years how exactly he shot that image.  It was actually the eye of a dead calf and he used in lighting tricks to make the fur appear as smooth as human skin.  

Dalí contributed many of his ideas during the conceptualization of the film, but by the time the film was actually being made, he was said to have had a falling out with Buñuel and many of his ideas weren't included in the final cut.   Strangely, both of the lead actors of the film committed suicide-- one by overdose, one by setting herself on fire in public.  

The music heard is the same song, from the opera Tristan and Isolde, that Buñuel used to have playing on the phonograph during theatre screenings.  

*Sadly the first video link I had up-- which was a restored, crisp full length version was taken off youtube-- so I had to replace it with a fuzzy part 1 and part 2.  


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