Un Chien Andalou (Andalusian Dog)

Title

Un Chien Andalou (Andalusian Dog)

Subject

Un Chien Andalou (Andalusian Dog)

Description

This is a film written by Salvador Dali, a Catalan surrealist. I'm not going to attempt to explain what is going on in the film, as surrealism is left open to interpretation intentionally. To continue the theme here, though, this film relates to many of the books we read in this class because of the way it looks at the inner workings of the self. Most specifically, we can put this film next to Jean Rhys's Wide Sargasso Sea. Rhys's project in writing Wide Sargasso Sea was to give voice to the crazy lady in the attic, which meant that we as readers got to watch the slow descent into insanity from inside her mind. However, we are still, by virture of being readers of an interpretation of a person's mind, on the outside. The same can be said for Dali's film. For all we know, Dali was showing a slow descent into insanity by following the inner workings of this man's mind, but we are on the outside, and therefore understand nothing of the sort. This item had to be included in this timeline of surrealism to show that the concept of surrealism did not change throughout the movement, and that the statement surrealists made through visual art can also be seen in novels and other writings.

Creator

Luis Buñuel, Salvador Dali

Source

viveo.com

Publisher

viveo.com

Date

This film was originally released in 1929

Format

film

Language

silent, French

Type

horror, surrealism, art

Original Format

film

Duration

16 minutes

Producer

Luis Buñuel

Director

Luis Buñuel

Collection

Citation

Luis Buñuel, Salvador Dali, “Un Chien Andalou (Andalusian Dog),” Surrealism in 20th Century Britain, accessed October 22, 2017, http://atimeline.omeka.net/items/show/5.