Archive for February 14th, 2010

by Allan Fish

(France 1928 17m) DVD1/2

Aka. An Andalusian Dog

Razorblades and donkeys

Luis Buñuel  d/w  Luis Buñuel, Salvador Dali  ph  Albert Dubergen  ed  Luis Buñuel  m  “Liebestod” from “Tristan und Isolde” by Richard Wagner and Argentinian Tango (1960 release), Mauricio Kagel (1983 reissue)  art  Schilzneck 

Pierre Batcheff, Simone Mareuil, Jaime Miravilles, Luis Buñuel, Salvador Dali, Jeanne Rucas,

When I came to begin writing this series of reviews, I was asked by one of my fellow cineastes which of my selection I was least looking forward to reviewing.  I was able to answer without hesitation, Un Chien Andalou.  I was never in doubt as to its inclusion, but the fact is that Buñuel’s film is, without a shadow of a doubt, the most meaningless ever made.  Man Ray and Maya Deren may have made their lion’s share of baffling cinema, as Buñuel would go on to do himself, but nothing comes close to the bafflement of Buñuel’s first film as sole director (he’d previously co-directed The Fall of the House of Usher in 1928 with Jean Epstein).  (more…)

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