Un Chien Andalou• silent Surrealist film• Directed by Spanish director Luis Bunuel and artist Salvador Dali• Andalusia- an autonomous community in Spain• Limited showing in Paris in 1929• Became popular and ran for eight months
features• Purposely incorrect spellings of names in introduction (except for Dali)• Absence of plot (in the conventional sense)• Disjointed chronology• Use of dream logic• Use of Freudian free association
“ the most effective manner in which to appreciate the film is to allow the images to seduce, to watch with your eyes and emotions and not to seek an explanation.” - Michael Koller, film critic
Title Card Guide• Once upon a time• Eight years later• Around three in the morning• Sixteen years ago• In Spring
Debriefing• Story came from “the encounter between two dreams”• Cloud slitting the moon/ blade slitting the eye - key to appreciating the film - castration anxiety• Dislocation of space• Bourgeoisie outrage• Death head moth
Gala Contemplating theMediterranean Sea, which at 30meters becomes the portrait ofAbraham Lincoln (Homage toRothko)1976
Charades Game (guess the painting)• Count off• Divide into 2 groups• Each groups chooses a representative who will act out for the group. The other group chooses work from previous discussions for the other group to guess. The other group is given 30 seconds to guess the title.• The group with the most points wins.