#42 Un Chien Andalou (1928)

When you have a dream, you can’t remember every little detail or why things are the way they are. Unlike life, you have no control of your dreams and a bunch of random images come together that don’t really make sense but subconsciously does. That’s what Luis Buñuel is doing with his 15-minute film Un Chien Andalou (An Andalusian Dog) by showing shocking images and reliving your most disturbing fears.

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Doesn’t that make you want to close your eyes?! Can’t say the same for that lady! So throughout the film, this narrative is nonsensical. Kind of like our own dreams. We can either see what we want to see or the things we’re afraid of. We see a woman’s eye slashed, a man in a nun outfit on a bicycle, people getting killed in many ways but end up alive in the next scene, ants coming out of someone’s hand, etc. It’s been said that David Bowie would play this scene before his concerts. Imagine an entire auditorium cringing! Write in if you think that’s an unusual way to start a concert!

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These two images come from the dreams of Buñuel and artist Salvador Dali (the one being dragged with the piano). I always felt like your dreams are the best way to come up with creative stories. They may not make sense in your dreams but you can recreate them in the real world so that they make more sense to the public. Strangely, there was a rumor going around that the detached hand we see really came from a real person and was told to cut it off in exchange for a free lunch. Write in if you believe that rumor to be fact or fiction. Many people at the time considered this film to be not just frightening but real daring. I definitely agree and that’s why it deserves to be on this list. It gave audiences something different and out of the norm to see. Don’t think about this film as a whole but think about each scene at a time. 

Watch this unsetting dream sequence of a film and write about what you think:

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2 thoughts on “#42 Un Chien Andalou (1928)

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