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Pierre Batcheff, Simone Mareuil, Luis Buñuel, Salvador Dalí, Jaime Miravilles

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... read more read more... 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. ~ Jonathan Crow, Rovi

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DVD Release Date: December 28, 2004

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  • September 1, 2012
    "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-inspi... read morering 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.
  • February 18, 2012
    Brief, silent surrealism known infamously for only one image: a razor slicing open an eye. Though questionable and disturbing, this is one of the only enjoyable silent films I have seen. Salvador Dali's artistic ability makes the film great, if only 16 minutes long.
  • October 13, 2010
    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.
  • September 3, 2010
    Disturbingly brilliant. This movie takes the idea that film is presented like a dream, and make a film which is literally based on the film maker's dreams (the sleeping kind, that is.). You have to see it to believe it. If you like experimental movies, you'll love this.
  • August 10, 2010
    I can very clearly see how this short film inspired David Lynch throughout his career, and I appreciate the influence it has had on scores of other brilliant film-makers. HOWEVER, I was not moved or jarred in the slightest. Perhaps I am defective in some essential way, or perhaps... read more my mind is too saturated with the bold surrealist works that have come since, but I did not emote one iota when I viewed this film last night. For this, I am sorely depressed. I will say that it was mesmerizing, almost hypnotic, at moments and maybe this is a sign that I am on the correct path to being compelled by this film. I will see it again at some point down the line in hopes I will have a more profound experience.
  • March 14, 2010
    Um... I'm sure the fact that I saw this at 4:30 in the morning, was in not in any mind of mood for interpretation and just wanted to go to bed play into this review, but... so what? I can appreciate that Un Chien Andalou was groundbreaking for its time (even if it paved the way f... read moreor a lot of pretentious douchebags down the road) but I just couldn't really bring myself to be enthused. In the plus column, I was only... artsy hell for 15 minutes. I'm sure there's a great story behind this movie but I don't really care. Overall, kind of neat but just a big pile of whatever.
  • February 22, 2010
    Did people say "WTF" in 1929?

    Dali and Buñuel set out to defy convention and raise eyebrows. They succeeded. Even today, more than eighty years later, this film gives us a lot to think about.
  • January 26, 2010
    The most demented, violent and explicit film of the silent era. It touches on dozens upon dozens of taboo and controversial topics while also being just flat out bizarre. I think the main reason it is so great is the fact that it is so original and ahead of its time. You'll never... read more see a movie like it and it definitely inspired directors like Roman Polanski and David Lynch.
  • November 6, 2009
    Beautifully disturbing, surreal art. Some fantastic imagery that is yet to be replicated since. It's harsh, disturbing, confusing and utterly compelling. After all the Saw's and Hostels, nothing can match the eye-slitting for "What the fuck" grossness. Yet, it's combination with ... read morethe shot of the moon, also makes it calming. For 15 minutes of something different, you should really check this out.
  • October 2, 2009
    Pure celluloid art! Dali & Bunuel collaborate to create one of cinemas greatest experimental films. The scene with the eye ball and the moon is pure brilliance!

Critic Reviews


Caryn James
March 25, 2006
Caryn James, New York Times

This is the avant-garde masterpiece with the razor across an eyeball and dead donkeys sprawled across pianos. Full Review

J. Hoberman
February 7, 2004
J. Hoberman, Village Voice

Luis Buñuel began his movie career with the most notorious opening sequence in movie history. Full Review

Roger Ebert
April 20, 2002
Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times

A movie like this is a tonic. It assaults old and unconscious habits of moviegoing. Full Review

Anton Bitel
July 2, 2013
Anton Bitel, Scene 360

Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí deployed voguish ideas of Freudian free association, and Surrealist dream logic to unsettle bourgeois values and destabilize cinematic convention. Full Review

Emanuel Levy
August 24, 2012
Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com

Decades later, Bunuel's first feature still is the seminal surrealist film, a powerful assemblage of shocking images aimed to provoke and irritate. Full Review

Cole Smithey
January 24, 2010
Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com

With irreverent abandon the maverick artists provoke the audience with a movie that celebrates film's adaptive quality at exposing the sub-conscious mind. "Un Chien Andalou" is 17-minutes of sheer cin... Full Review

Jake Euker
June 18, 2005
Jake Euker, Filmcritic.com

It was released in 1929, but it still has the power to make audiences cringe today and it may remain the most notorious 16 minutes of film ever made. Full Review

Jake Euker
June 12, 2005
Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)

Arguably the most notorious 16 minutes of film ever made, Un Chien andalou is still cinema's most potent manifesto of the irrational and the surreal. Full Review

Jeffrey M. Anderson
March 7, 2005
Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid

Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dali's Un Chien Andalou is absolutely essential viewing for anyone seriously interested in cinema. Full Review

Christopher Null
January 8, 2005
Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com

an introduction to the power of the irrational and to the concept that art could exist for its own sake Full Review

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