Luis Buñuel – Un chien andalou (1929)


In a dream-like sequence, a woman’s eye is slit open–juxtaposed with a similarly shaped cloud obsucuring the moon moving in the same direction as the knife through the eye–to grab the audience’s attention. The French phrase “ants in the palms,” (which means that someone is “itching” to kill) is shown literally. A man pulls a piano along with the tablets of the Ten Commandments and a dead donkey towards the woman he’s itching to kill. A shot of differently striped objects is repeatedly used to connect scenes. Written by Ryan T. Casey

Un Chien Andalou consists of seventeen minutes of bizarre and surreal images that may or may not mean anything. A straight razor seems to be placed by a woman’s eye, a small cloud formation obscures the moon, a cow’s eye is slit open, a woman pokes at a severed hand in the street with his cane, a man drags two grand pianos containing dead and rotting donkeys and live priests, and a man’s hand has a hole in the palm from which ants emerge. Written by Michael Brooke

Version Notes

This version comes from the Filmoteca Española restoration. This differs from most previous releases of Un Chien Andalou that were taken from the 1960 version made by Buñuel with the “Tango” soundtrack. This being restored from the original silent film elements has much better picture quality, but is also shown at it’s original speed rather than 24 fps. It comes with 2 music options, 1 is the familiar 1960 “tango” score synced up differently to the slower runtime, the other is a score based on Buñuel’s original notes for the music in 1929.

Subtitles:English and Spanish

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