it must be close to the best short of all time. so many symbols, metaphors and example of cinematic poetry in one film. the manifestations of dali's subconscious makes this film something a step above too. the scenes make no sense, and the film is bonkers a box of crackers but its good value for its running time. hilarious, absurd and also significant in the things it has to say about religion and social norms.
It's important to look at this film through the tenants of surrealist thought and try our hardest to escape our narrow realist lens. If what you are looking for is a piece of art truest to life you're definitely in the wrong spot, or for a complete absurd and meaningless account of our existence, again in the wrong spot. In terms of evoking a catharsis similar to that of a dream through psychic automatism, spot on.
For most short films, I feel that there is always a sense of inconclusiveness; that there is no plot. With this film, however, the surrealism removes this problems. With no actual plot and, more interestingly, no narrative. The many images are haunting and dreamlike. Only one's subconscious seems capable of inventing such moments.
Despite the fact that this film really has no plot whatsoever and it's content exists almost solely for shock value, I still really enjoyed this short film. The special effects are really superb, especially for the time, and though the film has no timeline, it achieves its purpose in being art; something was felt. It went from shocking, to voyeuristic, to funny, then sweet. All in all, I really enjoyed this one.
"A film is like an involuntary imitation of a dream." So said Luis Bunuel in his essay "Mysteries of Cinema," and his philosophy came to life in this surrealist masterpiece, a collaboration with artist Salvador Dali. It became infamous for its early depiction of gore in a gruesome eyeball slicing scene. To try to make sense of it is to miss the point, just bask in its magnificent dreamlike evocation of madness.