Review: Un Chien Andalou (“an Andalusian dog”)

For a film released in 1929, this film is surrealists to the max, but what else would you expect from a Salvador Dali collaboration.

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Un Chien Andalou was not made to make sense, but instead another form of surrealist art, from Spanish director Buñuel and artist Salvador Dali, resulting in one of the most famous short films ever made, a must see for any film student or maker, made by two young men, living in Paris, not long after the birth of cinema and enjoying their freedom, with this showing on the screen, there is no plot to speak of, but more a collection of highly evocative scenes, starting with a shot of the moon transforming into the infamous eye cutting scene, which even today would be seen as pretty gruesome.

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Un Chien Andalou isn’t a really a  horror film, but a surrealist dream sequence, but it is closer to horror than other genres, mainly down to the graphic nature of some of the scenes, most of which are confusing and hard to watch, scenes that you can’t apply modern reasoning too, it is more an experiment in film making, dreaming up some of the most striking images of early cinema, with unusual sight after unusual sight, including a man pulling two pianos, each containing the dead body of a donkey, while a woman cowers in the corner, a transvestite on a bicycle and a sexual assault.

There isn’t a plot to really talk about as such, instead as it is more a strange mixture of images and expressions, which doesn’t tell a story in the same way most modern movies do and you can watch it as many times without being able to figure out what it means or even what it going on, remaining a mystery, but like a good horror, Un Chien Andalou will leave you wanting shaken, scared and confused, even after the 100th time of seeing it, which is a must see, just don’t expect to know what it means.

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