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Un Chien Andalou

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Filmed in Paris in 1929, UN CHIEN ANDALOU is regarded as the first film produced purely from within the Surrealist movement and is a landmark in the history of cinema. Loving treatment to DVD includes, as bonus material, an interview/documentary with Jua

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Un Chien Andalou remains a startling artifact suggesting ways in which film can express the subconscious. The result of Luis Bunuel's collaboration with Salvador Dali, the 17-minute, 1929 film was designed expressly to shock and provoke. Opening with the canonical eyeball-slashing sequence and divided into baffling "chapters", this is a work of art obsessed with religion, lust, decay, violence, and death. Un Chien Andalou isn't simply one of the great works of the surrealist movement, but a segment of cinematic DNA that irrevocably altered the aesthetics of film. In its tangled corridors you find the seeds to the disappearing-mouth bit in The Matrix, the carcasses strewn through Peter Greenaway's A Zed and Two Noughts and pretty much the entire oeuvre of David Lynch. --Ryan Boudinot

Special Features

  • A Slice of Bunuel: Exclusive interview/documentary with Bunuel's son Juan-Luis
  • Epilogue: Dali and Bunuel bonus interview
  • Audio Commentary by Spanish surrealism expert Stephen Barber
  • Mystery of Cinema: Abridged transcipt of Bunuel speech given in 1953
  • Dave McKean: Graphic design and statement

Product Details

  • Directors: Luis Buñuel
  • Format: Multiple Formats, Black & White, Full Screen, Silent, NTSC
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Dubbed: French
  • Region: Region 1 (U.S. and Canada only. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Rated:
    NR
    Not Rated
  • Studio: Transflux Films
  • DVD Release Date: December 26, 2004
  • Run Time: 55 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.6 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (45 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B0006IUE9I
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #71,209 in Movies & TV (See Top 100 in Movies & TV)
  • Learn more about "Un Chien Andalou" on IMDb

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The Facets DVD of Un Chien Andalou is a disgrace. The frame was severly cropped at the top (some scenes feature actors lopped off at their foreheads). Contrast was boosted to the point where significant detail is lost. As if this weren't enough, there is a wide unsightly glitch running horizontally across the screen that lasts for 5 or so frames. Despite the interviews with Bunuel's son which are the only things worth the time here, I would avoid this disc. The film itself I think is great. It's a shame that a staple of art cinema has been handled so poorly for DVD.
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The video is geometrically distorted, interlaced, has blown out contrast, almost no detail at all, and horrible sound. TransFlux Films should be ashamed for putting out such poor quality work, yet including a featurette on the cover designer.

Everyone should avoid this DVD and go for the BFI double feature with L'Age D'Or, which has a watchable Un chein andalou for a change.
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Luis Bunuel made his directorial debut with 1929's "Un Chien Andalou" -- a 17 minute short film. The film was made in collaboration with the great surrealistic artist, Salvador Dali; this pairing was repeated for the 1930 masterpiece "L'Age D'Or." Viewing the first tentative steps of two giants is obviously fascinating, which is enough to recommend "Un Chien Andalou."

As with other great surrealistic films, the plot, such as it is, does not make any sense. Of course, themes can be derived from the work, although surrealism essentially is meant to be non-thematic. Some of the images from "Un Chien Andalou" are shocking and justifiably famous -- most notably a scene depicting a straight razor slicing into a woman's eyeball. Yes, these scenes are somewhat disgusting but also amazing for a film over 75 years old.

The film has not been updated or cleaned up at all, so the DVD image is somewhat murky. Bunuel added a music track in 1960 to what was originally a silent film; the score works beautifully. The DVD extras include an interview with Bunuel's son in which he discusses "Un Chien Andalou" as well as his father's rather tumultuous relationship with Dali. An audio commentary by Spanish surrealism expert Stephen Barber is also included; unfortunately, this track is pretty much unlistenable as Barber drones on about the history of surrealism in a deadly dull manner. Skip the audio commentary and just enjoy Bunuel's work as is.
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WOW! Where do I start with this one? Here is an absolutely brilliantly realized film that doesn't even try to follow a coherent plot. It's the most insane film I've ever seen, and I loved every second of it. It's tough not to look past the images for what they are, though, because your mind tries to fill in the blanks and write its own story. Scenes will change their mood suddenly and without reason, creating an utterly shocking experience. I was surprised to see such sophisticated technique in such an unstructured film. Un Chien Andalou is a masterpiece of the absurd, and I strongly suggest anyone with a taste for the weird see it.
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Un Chien Andalou is a work of Art, BUT the dvd that I got from Amazon was not a of a very good quality. I have seen the film in dvd format several times in the past and this dvd version has way too much contrast and digital glitches in two or three occassions.
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I am in complete agreement with aging punk, who writes "The Facets DVD of Un Chien Andalou is a disgrace." The BFI DVD is better, and may be omoing out on blu-ray. The BFI print is cropped and highly inferior to a restoration made in 2003 in Spain as part of an exhibiton entitled Un Chien Andalous 80 Years Later." Search under books as the DVD comes with three excellentbooks from the exhibition (in SPanish). This DVD is not cropped and has two soundtrack, one the 1959 with tango music, and the other all Wagner's Tristan und Isolde timed better to the image and supposedly what Bunuel and Dali intended. (I love those tangos though.) It's not clear whether the BFI will release a new DVD or blu-ray of this excellent Spanish restoration or of the much poorer one they used for their DVD. The BFI is also bringing out Bunuel's L'Age d'or on blu-ray and DVD.
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This film has been used as the opening act for David Bowie and The Pixies (the latter even claim their work draws deep inspiration from it). Bits have been used during the shows of other live acts too. Modern films continue to snatch visuals from this surreal short.

When Bunuel and Dali set about "writing the script" for UCA they could not have predicted the LASTING impact it would enjoy. Even today it's difficult to sit through many scenes from this master work... without immediately looking away.

The only gripe which comes to mind is the damage transferred to dvd. But it's a small compromise I've come to accept as a fan of past music and film... art, general. The only reason I mention it, here, is due to fact some of the transferred damage may have been digitally corrected. But, then again, Bunuel/Dali would have loved to know it irked me... as to offend/challenge was a big part of the reason they put this film together. I'm sure they're dancing in the afterlife as I type this.

Cheers!
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