Wednesday, September 15, 2010

Un Chien Andalou, Um Cão Andaluz, An Andaluzian Dog

Un Chien Andalou is a sixteen minute silent surrealist short film produced in France by the Spanish director Luis Buñuel and artist Salvador Dalí. Its title means "An Andalusian Dog", but it is normally released under its original French title in the English-speaking world. It was Dalí's first film and was initially released in 1929 to a limited showing in Paris, but became popular and ran for eight months. It is one of the best-known surrealist films of the avant-garde movement of the 1920s.

The film has no plot in the conventional sense of the word. The chronology of the film is disjointed, jumping from the initial "once upon a time" to "eight years later" without the events or characters changing very much. It uses dream logic in narrative flow that can be described in terms of then-popular Freudian free association, presenting a series of tenuously related scenes.

In this version the original electroacustic soundtrack is by great Brazilian artist Cristiano Melli, which is "Buñuel and Dalí's 1929 silent movie "Un Chien Andalou", finished on April 17, 2009". More info on Cristiano here:

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