The paper "Analysis of Films Luis Bunuel, Vittorio De Sica, and Garry Oldman" is a good example of a movie review on film studies. Un Chien Andalou (1929) by Luis Bunuel Un Chien Andalou (An Andalusian Dog) was Luis Bunuel’ s first film, one that he scripted along with the surrealist painter, Salvador Dali. Both Bunuel and Dali were young men then and wanted to break away from the avant-garde genre of artistic films that had become popular with the French bourgeois society. The main trait of surrealism, a genre that painters like Dali continued to use in their paintings even later, was its deliberate attempt to shock viewers with gory images that were nonetheless borrowed from reality.
Bunuel wanted to do just that in this film. However, despite its ostensible intention of exposing the bourgeois attitudes and shocking them with explicit visions of their lives, the film became a success with the people, particularly in France, who apparently lapped up anything that was novel, even if gruesome and unpleasant. The film broke away from the narrative mold and the misc-en-scene was constructed as a series of shocking imageries.
The surreal dream-like sequences, which cut across time and space, in this 17-minute film, seem to be snippets of images that are open to interpretations and are not necessarily interrelated. Time is dislocated through the use of title cards displaying a particular period, the images that would follow the card not necessarily have any direct relation with the period though, and space is dislocated with the use of two or more locations within the same setting. The opening scene is announced with the title “ Once Upon a Time” along with the romantic music in the background, giving the viewer the impression of a fairy tale but the sequence that follows is particularly ghastly.
A proletarian man – played by Bunuel himself – perhaps a barber, is in the process of sharpening his razor while puffing a cigarette. He checks the sharpness of the razor by cutting his fingernails with it. Then, he walks out to the balcony and watches the full moon about to be bisected by the cloud. A woman suddenly appears and the man forces open her eyes.
As the clouds cuts across the moon, the man slashes the woman’ s eye with the razor.
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