An Andalusian Dog by L.Bunuel


An Andalusian Dog (Un Chien Andalou),a film made by Spanish director Luis Bunuel in collaboration with artist Salvador Dali, has turned to become one of the most influential and big-name creations of surrealism art movement. It is not an overstatement to consider this film,  produced in 1929,  an iconic symbol of surrealist method (or a group of methods, to put it clearly).


Apparently, it is a  free association method that underlies a theoretical basis of the film. All elements of the Bunuel`s creation correspond with the surrealistic principles of art and, moreover, reflect the very surrealistic understanding of creativity and mental processes.


There are no traditional plot, sequential chronology and logical narration in the film. Instead, the director refers to a kind of dream logic which is obviously illogical in its very nature. Bunuel presents a series of tenuously related scenes all together creating more of a vision or illusion then a narration or story in conventional sense.


A visual representation of film is lavish with extravagant, weird, illogical and therefore extremely impressive scenes. Eye and razor, handful of ants, objects crawling with insects, body parts separated from one another- are only some examples to be mentioned. The whole iconography of an Andalusian Dog is obviously influenced and strongly correlates with the appearance of surrealistic paintings of a time. Obvious enough, characteristic symbols, forms and visual clues of Picasso, Miro, Dali and Coctou can hardly be ignored.


As Bunuel himself stated, the film has nothing to do with common sense, everyday logic or even traditional semantic and semiotic connotations of objects. Instead, all the visual symbols refer to the very depth of unconsciousness, prompting further exploration of illogical. An audience is expected to plunge into inner spaces of personal experience and absurd surrealistic connotations.  

by Tieriekhova Masha


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