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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: 4.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (9 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000621P6A
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 101,092 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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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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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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Nothing to add... two very important films in cinematic history. Essential in any collection.
Excellent packaging
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A must have for the fans of this genre - Surealism.
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a creepy surrealist film, i liked it.
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