THE MASTER OF ALL SHORTS
Un Chien Andalou (An Andalusian Dog)
Director: Luis Buñuel
Starring: Pierre Batcheff, Simone Mareuil, Luis Buñuel, Salvador Dali
Genre: Silent, experimental short film.
Un Chien Andalou, Luis Buñuel’s first film (with input from artist Salvador Dali) was made with the intention to direct a revolutionary shock to society. It’s weird, it wasn’t anything that 1928 was prepared for and it worked.
The film triumphs in it’s originality, especially considering the time of it’s release. It presents a lot of plain and surrealistic images, like the slitting of a person’s eye, car accidents taking place and the corpse of a horse being pulled on top of a piano. I believe that the best way to describe this film would be to list the shots, since there isn’t much of a narrative to link them to. Buñuel’s dream logic had a way of interrupting the realism within this film, as in others.
The film mostly consists out of static shots, straight cuts and some cross dissolves. Locations change very often and there is a strong contrasting use of lighting.
Remaining one of the most famous short films ever made, Un Chien Andalou is a must-see for anyone who considers themselves interested in cinema. I can guarantee that if you watch it, you’ll feel an urge to watch it again and if you’ve already seen it, you’ll know what I’m talking about. Arguably like the title, nothing in this film was ever supposed to makes sense, but that’s the beauty of film and this film in particular; we have the privilege of interpreting it as we please.