A true classic, what more can I say? Provocative, without being gross, funny without being silly, meaningful without being pretentious. And it has aged really well. True, sometimes it's a bit over the top, but on the whole it's rather subtle compared with it's peers.
Pushing the limits of cinema; forcing the viewer to accept visual content on its own terms, not as part of a narrative, not as information. The epitome of silent presentation. Words are not necessary and would be distracting. The reaction of the viewer should not be guided.
"The Stream of Subversive Images" No idea or image that might lend itself to a rational explanation of any kind would be accepted. We had to open all doors to the irrational and keep only those images that surprised us, without trying to explain why. It offers the illusion of a narrative.
Luis Buñuel's influential, historical, and surrealistic debut showed a lot of the themes he will explore throughout his magnificent career. With powerful and suggestive imagery that avoids logical explanations, Buñuel plays a trick on us, the viewer and its comfort zone, desperately seeking for meaning.
My sentiments are tarnished by my feverish delight in the desecration of the eye, partially eliciting itself within the darker regions of my mind through a necessary connection to Georges Bataille. Shameless execution of zany recursion in surrealist media.