Un Chien Andalou (An Andalusian Dog)
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A woman sucks the toe of a plaster statue when her lover is called away to the telephone. Another woman has her eye slit by a razor blade, in lovingly detailed close-up. A man's hand is devoured by ravenous ants. Rotting donkey carcasses recline atop pianos. And these are the highlights of Un Chien Andalou (The Andalusian Dog), an unholy but fascinating collaboration between Spanish director Luis Buñuel and surrealist Salvador Dali. It wasn't supposed to tell a story, or make sense: Buñuel and Dali set about to shock, and they certainly succeeded. Running 24 minutes, Un Chien Andalou… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 100%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is the avant-garde masterpiece with the razor across an eyeball and dead donkeys sprawled across pianos."
‑ Caryn James, New York Times
"Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí deployed voguish ideas of Freudian free association, and Surrealist dream logic to unsettle bourgeois values and destabilize cinematic convention."
‑ Anton Bitel, Scene 360
"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."
‑ Jake Euker, Filmcritic.com
"an introduction to the power of the irrational and to the concept that art could exist for its own sake"
‑ Christopher Null, Filmcritic.com
"... no doubt that Buñuel's initial foray helped establish cinema as a true art form"
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"Luis Buñuel began his movie career with the most notorious opening sequence in movie history."
‑ J. Hoberman, Village Voice
"Decades later, Bunuel's first feature still is the seminal surrealist film, a powerful assemblage of shocking images aimed to provoke and irritate."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"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."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
"It may be short, it may even be dated, but this unnerving slice of surrealist psychedelia is the reason we all dream in black and white."
‑ Anton Bitel, Movie Gazette
"The result of an amalgamation of the dreams of a madman (Dali) and a genius (Buñuel), Un Chien Andalou shocked the world three quarters of a decade ago and continues to do so today."
‑ Keith H. Brown, Edinburgh U Film Society
"A movie like this is a tonic. It assaults old and unconscious habits of moviegoing."
‑ Roger Ebert, Chicago Sun-Times
"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 cinematic genius."
‑ Cole Smithey, ColeSmithey.com
"Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dali's Un Chien Andalou is absolutely essential viewing for anyone seriously interested in cinema."
‑ Jeffrey M. Anderson, Combustible Celluloid
"It's still shocking."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"Though Un Chien Andalou is a rich composite of symbols, Buñuel refuses to allow his symbols to speak for themselves."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
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