This week on Zach on Film, Zach is out, but he’s providing a commentary track to Un Chien Andalou.

Un Chien Andalou (An Andalusian Dog) is a 1928 silent surrealist short film by the Spanish director Luis Buñuel and artist Salvador Dalí. It was Buñuel’s first film and was initially released in 1928 with a limited showing at Studio des Ursulines in Paris, but became popular and ran for eight months.

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.

Play the first video… first. Zach will tell you when to press play on the second video.


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Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher

Stephen Schleicher began his career writing for the Digital Media Online community of sites, including Digital Producer and Creative Mac covering all aspects of the digital content creation industry. He then moved on to consumer technology, and began the Coolness Roundup podcast. A writing fool, Stephen has freelanced for Sci-Fi Channel's Technology Blog, and Gizmodo. Still longing for the good ol' days, Stephen launched Major Spoilers in July 2006, because he is a glutton for punishment.

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3 Comments

  1. November 8, 2013 at 11:41 am — Reply

    The fully orchestrated music that you heard when the man was first riding the bicycle was composed by Richard Wagner. One of the greatest influences to 20th century film music from Steiner to Williams. That music intersperces itself with a second the of original film music. The music using the accordion was this original film music.
    Other items of note are that the first two ideas that were held by the creators were seeing the clouds pass before the moon like a razor followed by an eye being sliced by a razor. Second being the ants climbing out of the hand.
    Bunuel and Dali were both in their 20’s when this was created.
    Thank you for taking my idea and running with it in this fashion. It was very well done with the two youtube viewers ready as they were.

    • November 9, 2013 at 9:45 am — Reply

      Thanks for the idea! Using the online version to play along with Zach’s commentary worked really well!

  2. November 9, 2013 at 12:39 pm — Reply

    This is a good movie, although it is hardly a film. It is a series of random, unrelated vignettes that make no sense. It is nothing more and nothing less. My biggest complaint is honestly not with the film, but with all of the DVD releases. They want you to pay as much as $30 for a copy of a film that is less than twenty minutes long. This would be a great film to cover for Interweb Cinema, but not a DVD. Watch it if you like old-time insanity, but, if you plan to buy it, get it cheap.

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