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Un Chien Andalou (film still)

Salvador Dali

Un Chien Andalou (film still)

Salvador Dali
  • Date: 1928
  • Style: Surrealism
  • Period: Surrealism Period (1929-1940)
  • Genre: photo

Considered the first Surrealist film for its non-sequential scenes, Un Chien Andalou recreates a dream-like setting in which images are presented in montaged clips as a means of tapping the unconscious. This film still from Un Chien Andalou is indicative of the Surrealist love of shock and bodily violation. Here, a cow's eye was used to stand-in for this woman's eye, which, in the next frame, was shown slashed by a razor blade in extreme close-up. Dali was reportedly sick for a week after he helped Luis Bunuel shoot the scene. Other scenes include a woman cowering in the corner in fear of two donkey corpses draped over grand pianos as her presumed suitor watches ants crawl from stigmata-like puncture wounds in the palm of his hand.

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