Un Chien Andalou

Luis Bunuel, France, 1928, 17 minutes

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. A must see for any film studies student and anyone interested in film history, Luis Buñuel’s first film is second to none as a visual feast or perhaps more appropriately, a visual assault. It was also one of the two films (the other being Buñuel’s second film L’Age D’Or) ever to be given the official Surrealist stamp by the movement’s leader, André Breton. Its lack of temporal and narrative coherence is an effort to convey the world of dreams, where logic and linearity do not necessarily prevail. It revealed to the world Buñuel’s favourite themes (many of which shared by the Surrealists) and obsessions that will be consistent in the 34 feature films that followed in an illustrious film career that spanned six decades; anti-bourgeoisie, anti-authority, anti-tradition, and anti-Church. Sheer magnificence.

Review by Steph Wright
Written for EUFS Programme Spring 2002