Wednesday, July 04, 2007

Un Chien Andalou (1929)

***½
France

When Luis Buñuel notoriously stated that his and Salvador Dali's landmark mindfuck was supposed to mean 'nothing', he was lying. If anything, their purposefully grotesque, seemingly disjointed imagery is overloaded with meaning (a bachelor dragging a burden of bishops on his back, the just-married couple buried waist-deep in sand at springtime? unsubtle, if anything), and it isn't necessarily worth sifting through the tomes and tomes of dense and inevitably pretentious theses and dissertations to dig it up in full. Take in the unsurpassed visceral impact of the slicing of the eye, marvel at a few other images such as the one with the rotting donkey on the piano, and don't get overwhelmed in the undergrad art-wank adulation routinely bestowed upon Buñuel and Dali's crudely photographed and edited undergrad art-wankerism. They each (and Buñuel in particular) went on to bigger and better things, much more deserving of your time and consideration.

wr/dir: Luis Buñuel, Salvador Dali
cast: Pierre Batcheff, Simone Mareuil, Luis Buñuel, Salvador Dali, Robert Hommet, Marval, Fano Messan, Jaime Miravilles

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