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Encyclopedia > Un Chien Andalou
Un Chien Andalou
Directed by Luis Buñuel
Produced by Luis Buñuel
Written by Luis Buñuel
Salvador Dalí
Starring Pierre Batcheff
Simone Mareuil
Luis Buñuel
Salvador Dalí
Jaime Miravilles
Cinematography Albert Duverger
Jimmy Berliet
Editing by Luis Buñuel
Release date(s) France June 6, 1929
Running time 16 min.
Country France
Language Silent
French intertitles
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Un Chien Andalou (English: An Andalusian Dog) is a 16-minute[1] surrealist film made in France in 1928 by Spanish writer/directors Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí, and released in 1929 in Paris. It is one of the best-known surrealist films of the French avant-garde film movement of the 1920s. It is also considered one of the most prominent films in Spanish Surrealism. It stars Simone Mareuil and Pierre Batcheff as the unnamed protagonists. Image File history File links Unchienandalouposter. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí y Domènech, Marquis of Pubol (May 11, 1904 – January 23, 1989), was a Spanish (Catalan) surrealist painter. ... Pierre Batcheff (1901 - April 13, 1932) was a French actor, whose original name was Piotr Bacev (from Russia), born in Harbin, Manchuria. ... Simone Mareuil (25 August 1903 – 24 October 1954) was a French actress born in Perigueux, Dordogne. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí y Domènech, Marquis of Pubol (May 11, 1904 – January 23, 1989), was a Spanish (Catalan) surrealist painter. ... Image File history File links This is a lossless scalable vector image. ... is the 157th day of the year (158th in leap years) in the Gregorian calendar. ... Year 1929 (MCMXXIX) was a common year starting on Tuesday (link will display the full calendar) of the Gregorian calendar. ... A silent film is a film which has no accompanying soundtrack. ... The English language is a West Germanic language that originates in England. ... Surrealism is an artistic movement and an aesthetic philosophy that aims for the liberation of the mind by emphasizing the critical and imaginative powers of the subconscious. ... This article does not cite any references or sources. ... Salvador Domingo Felipe Jacinto Dalí y Domènech, Marquis of Pubol (May 11, 1904 – January 23, 1989), was a Spanish (Catalan) surrealist painter. ... This article is about the capital of France. ... A work similar to Marcel Duchamps Fountain Avant garde (written avant-garde) is a French phrase, one of many French phrases used by English speakers. ... Simone Mareuil (25 August 1903 – 24 October 1954) was a French actress born in Perigueux, Dordogne. ... Pierre Batcheff (1901 - April 13, 1932) was a French actor, whose original name was Piotr Bacev (from Russia), born in Harbin, Manchuria. ... A protagonist is the main figure of a piece of literature or drama and has the main part or role. ...

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Synopsis

The opening scene, just before Buñuel slits the woman's eye with a razor.
The opening scene, just before Buñuel slits the woman's eye with a razor.

The film has no plot, in the normal sense of the word. There are two central characters, an unnamed man and woman. The chronology of the film is disjointed: for example, it jumps from "once upon a time" to "eight years later" without the events changing. It uses dream logic that can be described in terms of Freudian free association, presenting a series of tenuously related scenes that attempt to shock the viewer. Image File history File links From Luis Buñuels Un chien andalou. ... Image File history File links From Luis Buñuels Un chien andalou. ... To meet Wikipedias quality standards, this article or section may require cleanup. ... Dreaming is the subjective experience of imaginary images, sounds/voices, thoughts or sensations during sleep, usually involuntarily. ... Sigmund Freud His famous couch Sigmund Freud (May 6, 1856 - September 23, 1939) was an Austrian neurologist and the founder of the psychoanalytic school of psychology, a movement that popularized the theory that unconscious motives control much behavior. ... Free association (Psychodynamic theory) is a technique used in psychology, devised by Sigmund Freud. ...


The film opens with a scene in which a woman's eye is slit by a razor. The man with the razor is played by Buñuel himself. In subsequent scenes, a man's hand has a hole in the palm from which ants emerge (a literalization of the French phrase "ants in the palms," meaning that someone is "itching" to kill or is motivated by sexual desire); an androgynous blind woman pokes at a severed hand in the street with her cane before being knocked down by a car; a man fondles a woman, who resists him violently, and then he drags two grand pianos containing dead and rotting donkeys, the tablets of the Ten Commandments, and two live priests (Dalí plays one of the priests in this scene); the man's father (played by the same actor as the man himself) arrives to punish him, but the man eventually shoots him with two pistols that appear seemingly out of nowhere; and a woman's armpit hair attaches itself to a man's face. For other uses, see Androgyny (disambiguation). ... This article is about the visual condition. ... This article is about a list of ten religious commandments. ...


At the end of the film, the woman walks out of the apartment building, and meets another man on the beach (also played by Dalí). They seem to be happy, but the final shot shows two figures (apparently Mareuil and Dalí) buried in sand, dead, and "consumed by swarms of flies" according to Buñuel's original script. However, this latter special effect was left out due to budget limitations. Special effects (also called SPFX or SFX) are used in the film, television, and entertainment industry to realize scenes that cannot be achieved by live action or normal means. ...

Salvador Dalí (right) and Jaime Miravilles (left) as priests in Un Chien Andalou

Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (833x648, 630 KB)[edit] Summary The scene from Un chien andalou (1929) where Salvador Dali plays a priest. ... Image File history File links Download high-resolution version (833x648, 630 KB)[edit] Summary The scene from Un chien andalou (1929) where Salvador Dali plays a priest. ...

Soundtrack

Modern prints of the film feature a soundtrack: excerpts from Richard Wagner's Liebestod, the concert version of the overture to his opera Tristan und Isolde, and two Argentinian tangos. These are the same music that Buñuel played on a phonograph during the original 1929 screening; he first added them to a sound print of the film in 1960.[2] Richard Wagner Wilhelm Richard Wagner (22 May 1813 – 13 February 1883) was a German composer, conductor, music theorist, and essayist, primarily known for his operas (or music dramas as they were later called). ... Tristan und Isolde (Tristan and Isolde) is an opera in three acts by Richard Wagner to a German libretto by the composer, based largely on the romance by Gottfried von Strassburg, which in turn was based on the story of Tristan and Iseult as told in French by Thomas of... Motto En unión y libertad(Spanish) In Union and Freedom Anthem Himno Nacional Argentino Capital (and largest city) Buenos Aires Official languages Spanish Demonym Argentinian, Argentine Government Federal republic  -  President Néstor Kirchner  -  Vice President Daniel Scioli  -  Chief of Cabinet Alberto Fernández Independence from Spain   -  May Revolution 25... For the modern international dance form that evolved from the Argentine Tango, see Tango (dance). ... “Tonearm” redirects here. ...


Analysis

American film critic Roger Ebert has called Un chien andalou "the most famous short film ever made, and anyone halfway interested in the cinema sees it sooner or later, usually several times."[3] Roger Joseph Ebert (born June 18, 1942) is a Pulitzer Prize-winning American film critic. ...


In spite of varying interpretations, Buñuel made clear throughout his writings that, between Dalí and himself, the only rule for the writing of the script was that "no idea or image that might lend itself to a rational explanation of any kind would be accepted."[4] Moreover, he stated that, "Nothing, in the film, symbolizes anything. The only method of investigation of the symbols would be, perhaps, psychoanalysis."[5] Psychoanalysis is a family of psychological theories and methods based on the work of Sigmund Freud. ...


Film scholar Ken Dancyger has argued that Un chien andalou might be the genesis of the filmmaking style present in the modern music video.[6] Roger Ebert has called it one of the first low budget independent films.[3] A music video is a short film or video that accompanies a complete piece of music, most commonly a song. ... An independent film (or indie film) is a film produced without the support of a major movie studio or a big budget. ...


Behind the scenes

Buñuel explained that the eyeball sliced in the opening scene is a cow's eye which was placed into an open socket of an actress missing her original eye.[7] A close look at the film, however, shows the cow's eye is actually placed into an open socket of a cow.


Both of the leading actors eventually committed suicide: Batcheff in Paris in 1932 and Mareuil in Perigueux in 1954. For other uses, see Suicide (disambiguation). ... This article is about the capital of France. ... Périgueux is a commune of France, préfecture (capital) of the Dordogne département. ...


Influence

The "death's head" moth in Un chien andalou. A similar moth was used in The Silence of the Lambs advertising.
  • The film is heavily referenced in the Pixies' song "Debaser" and in The Eraserheads' song "Andalusian Dog" .
  • During his 1976 tour, David Bowie used the film as his opening act.
  • The 1990s animated series The Critic parodies a scene from the film (the nun on the bike) in an episode.
  • A 2005 advertisement for Stella Artois was heavily inspired by the film. The ad's most direct reference is a shot of a cracked egg from which ants emerge — a more television-friendly version of the hand scene in the original.
  • The 2004 film Birth was heavily influenced by Un chien andalou.[8]
  • In 2006, Keith Moore created a modern score for the film.
  • For Universal Studios' Halloween Horror Nights in October 2006, the scene where Buñuel slits the woman's eye was shown on the Terror Tram attraction, supposedly as the work of director Pavel Pranevsky. Pranevsky was a fictional character created by the theme park who was supposedly wandering the grounds and killing guests as part of his next film.[9][10][11]

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Notes

  1. ^ http://www.filmreference.com/Films-Ca-Chr/Un-Chien-Andalou.html
  2. ^ Buñuel, 1968
  3. ^ a b Roger Ebert. "Un Chien Andalou (1928)". April 16, 2000.
  4. ^ Buñuel, Luis (1983). My Last Sigh, Abigail Israel (trans), New York: Knopf. ISBN 0-394-52854-9. 
  5. ^ P. Adams Sitney, Visionary Film: The American Avant-Garde, (New York: Oxford University Press, 1974).
  6. ^ Dancyger, Ken. The Technique of Film and Video Editing: History, Theory, and Practice. New York: Focal Press, 2002.
  7. ^ Buñuel, 1968)
  8. ^ http://blogs.suntimes.com/scanners/2006/06/birth_of_a_bunuelian_notion.html
  9. ^ Halloween Horror Nights. New University Online. Retrieved on 2006-11-05.
  10. ^ UNIVERSAL STUDIOS HOLLYWOOD. Screamscape. Retrieved on 2006-11-05.
  11. ^ Video of Terror Tram Ride. YouTube. Retrieved on 2006-11-05.

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References

  • Buñuel, Luis; Salvador Dalí (1968). Classic Film Scripts: L'Age d'Or and Un Chien Andalou, Marianne Alexandre (trans.), New York: Simon and Schuster. ISBN 0-85647-079-1. 

External links

  • Download or watch Un chien andalou at UbuWeb
  • Download or watch Un chien andalou at the Internet Archive
  • Un chien andalou at the Internet Movie Database
  • Videoartworld : The Masters Series. Selected Movies from Bunuel. Public Domain Movies Online
  • Roger Ebert's review

  Results from FactBites:
 
Un Chien Andalou/L'Age D'Or DVD review (2453 words)
By now part of the surrealist movement, Buñuel seemed to be spoiling for a fight, and at the sixth public screening he got one when (in a move organised by right-wing agitators) the screen was attacked and the cinema trashed, prompting police intervention and the official banning of the film.
In Un Chien Andalou Short looks at the notorious opening in detail, and in order for him to do so the film stops and the opening sequence is repeated, making this one of the only commentaries that is actually longer than the film it is discussing.
Un Chien Andalou and L'Age D'Or are the two most important works in the history of avant garde cinema and were the founding fathers of surrealist film.
Un Chien Andalou - Movie Review (305 words)
Called by director Luis Buñuel a "call to murder," and born of the Surrealist movement in art, Un Chien Andalou is one of the chief cultural artifacts from a time when film aspired to something larger than mere storytelling.
Un Chien andalou was my introduction to the power of the irrational and to the concept that art could exist for its own sake.
Un Chien Andalou, like Buñuel's glorious 1930 feature L'Âge d'or, has been made available on DVD at long last with extras including a scholarly commentary track and a pair of interviews with Buñuel and his followers.
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