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Un Chien Andalou / L'Age d'Or [DVD]


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  • Actors: Pierre Batcheff, Simone Mareuil, Luis Buñuel, Salvador Dalí, Robert Hommet
  • Directors: Luis Buñuel
  • Writers: Luis Buñuel, Salvador Dalí
  • Producers: Luis Buñuel
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: French
  • Subtitles: English
  • Subtitles For The Hearing Impaired: English
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Aspect Ratio: 4:3 - 1.33:1
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Bfi
  • DVD Release Date: 25 Oct 2004
  • Run Time: 82 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 3.8 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000621P6A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 96,674 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)

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Double bill of surrealist art films by the experimental Spanish film-maker Luis Bunuel. 'Un Chien Andalou' (1929), a collaboration with Salvador Dali, consists of a sequence of bizarre and dreamlike images: a straight razor placed next to a woman's eye, a cow's eye slit open, a man poking at a severed hand in the street with his cane, a man dragging two grand pianos containing dead and rotting donkeys and live priests, and a man's hand with a hole in the palm from which ants emerge. In 'L'Age d'Or' (1930), another experimental and avant-garde cinematic experience, a man and a woman are passionately in love with one another, but their attempts to consummate their passion are constantly thwarted by their families, the Church and bourgeois society.

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39 of 41 people found the following review helpful By Miss VINE VOICE on 9 Oct 2006
Format: DVD
Un Chien Andalou and L'age D'or embrace all the principles of surrealism, and are vivid examples of the power of cinema to express the power, uniqueness and oddness of dreams. If you're looking for a normal, Hollywood style, plot driven movie, then these films aren't for you - there is very little, if any, plot to either of the films, and searching for meaning or attempting to empathise with the characters will only cause confusion. Surrealist films are intended to be viewed as explorations of the unconscious, and as sets of images that may or may not have relevance to each other. They were also intended as a reaction against Hollywood and its mass market appeal.

The first film, Un Chien Andalou, is only 16 minutes long, and is not for the squeamish. Scenes of eyes being slashed with razor blades, ants crawling from hands, severed limbs, and decaying animal corpses are all shown in close-up, so be prepared. The film is a confusing, viscious assault on the senses, and touches upon ideas of death, rape, sex, sin, violence, etc.

L'age D'or is longer at 63 minutes, and unlike Un Chien Andalou, which was a huge commercial success, it was banned almost instantly due to its blasphemous attitude to religion. It shows various tabboo events, including a man shooting his son when he irritates him, and is generally unpleasant, though intriguing. This film was disowned by Dali, who broke off his partnership with Bunuel afterwards, as he felt that Bunuel had destroyed his vision and created a film which he hated.
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By RR Waller TOP 500 REVIEWER on 27 Nov 2011
Format: DVD
This 1929 surrealist, black-and-white film by Louis Bunuel and Salvador Dali is not for the faint-hearted, those who like their narratives and plots sequential or viewers who enjoy hi-fi sound or 35mm or digital picture quality. To have two of Bunuel's early films on one DVD is great for film buffs but it may be chaper to buy them separately. "Un Chien Andalou" (1929) is a short, sixteen minute film and "L'Age d'Or" (1930) was his first feature film.

I am not going to attempt deep explorations or definitions of surrealism; these fantastic dream sequences seem to defy - like our own dreams - being pigeon-holed simplistically, especially when made by Dali and Bunuel. If any viewers actually have dreams like these, they have my deepest sympathies; Dali was an expert shocker and often just for effect. In this short film, he surpasses himself with sequences and scenes which will shock even modern audiences and prompting questions about the necessity of such confusing and shocking filming in the first place. Watching "Un Chien Andalou" , I have heard audiences of film buffs gasp and physically move back from the screen in shock.

"Un Chien Andalou" was not initially a great commercial success (although it may have made up for it since) but "L'Age d'Or" (sixty-three minutes) was; its blasphemous view of religion, its shocking and taboo scenes and its general unpleasantness made it very popular but it also resulted in its being banned almost immediately. Dali's dislike of the final edited film also resulted in their partnership ending.
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0 of 1 people found the following review helpful By Markos Papoutsakis on 15 Jun 2009
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If you love Dali, Bunuel, cinema, surrealism, the artistic beginning of the 20th century or just one of the previous... then I think that this packet is for you!!
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2 of 10 people found the following review helpful By Sir Hair Horns on 29 Nov 2010
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Good God. I Hope you've got a strong stomach. I was expecting a few Salvador Darley-type melting clocks, and what do I get? I'll tell you what I got - 16 minutes of gratuitous filth. Ants? Dead donkeys!? And then, to cap it all, a sliced-up eyeball!!

Don't watch it after your tea, like I did. I'm not going to be able to look a plate of mince and beans in the eye for months, I'm telling you.

Shame on you Mr Director. I don't pay my licence fee for this sort of rubbish.

HORNS RATING: Is is possible to give a zero?
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TWO EMBLEMATIC MASTERPIECES 2 Aug 2007
By Hiram Gomez Pardo - Published on Amazon.com
Un chien andalou is, with The blood of a poet, the first and most ambitious film immersed into a total surrealistic sphere, with mesmerizing, provocative and chilling sequences that already are part of the history in the cinema. No serious or hard fan movie lover should miss this avant-garde film, that maintains still fresh its audacious profile among the most genuine samples of cinema-art.

L'AGE D' OR

The sardonic grimace of this irreverent filmmaker walked over on the own entrails of surrealism defying social prejudices and ethic barriers, proposing a delirious set of vignettes that shows us with admirable intensity and surprising audacious, those nestled vices wedged by Jung as the unconscious collective, but besides there is an admirable exploration of the hedonistic fantasies and impetuous flagrancies of the human being.

The initial sequence in which we can watch scorpions in its wild environment, will be the pivot to undertake a long way around and about some pestilences of our social stains, and to my mind it was the point of departure of Sam Peckinpah as acid metaphor in its film "The wild bunch"

This film will beat you in what concerns to its lavish and mesmerizing narrative style but the way was edited by this giant of the cinema: Don Luis Bunuel.
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Classic of Madness 14 July 2009
By Michael Kerjman - Published on Amazon.com
Format: DVD
In a post-Hostel (Director's Cut) world this work still shocks with simplistic depicting of mutilation, murdering, suicide presented as entertainment features.

Itself, no much links between filmed segments might be traced also joint by the same artists (characters?) participating.

To a reviewer, it looks nowadays like Tower Eiffel placed besides the contemporary New York mirror-clad South Gate Central Park buildings.

Respectful grounding classic of genre.
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