"Un Chien Andalou"
Directed by Luis Bunuel
Filmed in Paris in 1929,
Un Chien Andalou is a landmark in the history of cinema. Based on an
exchange of dreams between the Spanish duo of Luis Bunuel and Salvador Dali,
this jolting tale of desire contains one of the most notorious and potently
metaphoric sequences in film history: a razor severing a woman's eyeball in
extreme close-up. Drawing from the vivid lives of their subconsciouses,
Bunuel and Dali's only rule was to reject any idea that might lend itself to
any rational explanation. Intended to provoke rather than please (Bunuel saw
it as an "appeal to murder"), the film's power to shock the viewer remains
undiminished after 75 years. 17 minutes.