Un Chien Andalou1929
Un Chien Andalou (1929)
Critic Consensus: A hugely influential masterpiece stuffed with iconic sequences, Un Chien Andalou has lost none of its power to enthrall - or unsettle.
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Critic Reviews for Un Chien Andalou
It is a mysterious, free-associating accumulation of images of violence, beauty and absurdity that confounded those who saw it then and confounds viewers still.
[It's] a documentary rendering of the dream state, of dream logic... and/or a contrivance by two ambitious young Spaniards to offer as much outrageousness as an artistic alibi can cover.
This is the avant-garde masterpiece with the razor across an eyeball and dead donkeys sprawled across pianos.
Luis Buñuel began his movie career with the most notorious opening sequence in movie history.
A movie like this is a tonic. It assaults old and unconscious habits of moviegoing.
Audience Reviews for Un Chien Andalou
A mind-blowing piece of work that represents a landmark in Cinema due to its incredible boldness for the time it came out, making use of Freudian symbolism not only to take us in a dream-like surrealistic experience but also to challenge the very conception of narrative.
"BWAAAHHHH!" -Hank Hill. That's what I said on the infamous eye scene. Another experimental short. "What the hell?" is what you're gonna say throughout its 20 minutes. What "Un Chien Andalou" offers is a high amount of shock-value and stand-alone scenes that are simply awe-inspiring for its time. C'mon, it made me flinch and engaged. For a short from the 20's, that's absolutely impressive if you ask me. There's not a true narrative to solidly put a finger on; its expected to be a motion picture that's to be interpreted, and what you get is a buffet line of symbolism to be picked apart. "Un Chien Andalou" is a film-lover's dessert.
I just kept saying out loud, over and over, "What the hell am I watching?" Sure, it made me think more than many longer and plot filled movies have, but overall I was unnerved from the strange, dreamlike events that transpired.
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