Fledging director Luis Buñuel and painter Salvador Dali create this ultimate surrealist film, which is essentially a barrage of striking and irrational images designed to shock and provoke. During the course of the film, we witness a close-up of a woman’s eye being slashed open with a razor; a man dragging a piano, two bishops, and a pair of rotting asses across a room; ants swarming around a hole in a man’s palm; and sundry severed limbs and gratuitous slayings. Though this was originally a silent film, Buñuel later added a recorded score consisting of Liebestod from Wagner’s opera Tristan und Isolde and a number of popular tangos of the time.
Although regarded as the greatest artist of Spanish cinema Luis Buñuel only made three films that are Spanish by nationality. His exile from his homeland at the end of the Spanish Civil War resulted in extended periods in Mexico and France. Despite this displacement, Spain was never far from Buñuel’s mind. The peasant culture of the villages of Calanda and Zaragoza, many of them dating to the Middle-Ages, greatly influenced his imagination during his childhood. The Spanish literary tradition, represented by Lope de Vega, Cervantes and the writers of picaresque stories, remained constant touchstones. Strongest of all was the distinctly Spanish nature of his Catholicism; he would retain its influence long after he renounced the teachings of the Church. At the University of Madrid his friendship with poet Federico Garcia Lorca and painter Salvador Dalí would play a major role in the avant-garde of the 1920s. It was during this period that he discovered the works of Sigmund Freud. His insight… read more
The Woman with a Hundred Heads (1968) is a twenty-minute short directed by Eric Duvivier, nephew of the more famous Julien. It's based
Footage from Buñuel and Dalí’s Un chien andalou is taken to visualize a chopped-up dream with Lucy Liu and Jay Electronica providing vocals.
Death in the Garden (Luis Buñuel, Mexico/France, 1956) is now playing on The Auteurs in the US for free. *** Above: Don't forget your lipstick
Having two artists, like Dalí and Buñuel, work together is a treat. In this surreal mash up we start with a man sharpening his razor, and then using said razor to slice open an eye. This is juxtaposed… read review
The Film “Un Chien Andalou” is usually considered to be starting point of surrealist film making. Although this is true, it also provides the exploitive, horror themes, which Romero uses in “Night… read review
In addition to the film Un Chien Andalou, the DVD also contains a short documentary about Buñuel narrated by Buñuel’s son Jean-Luis, a bonus interview with Jean-Luis regarding Dali, and an audio commentary… read review
Then burgeoning young Spanish assistant director Luis Buñuel (“The Fall of the House of Usher” & “Siren of the Tropics”) teamed with Spanish Catalan surrealist painter Salvador Dalí for their… read review