(aka 'An Andalusian Dog')

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France 1929

 

Sensual, shocking and deeply subversive, Luis Bu˝uel and Salvador Dali's surreal short from 1928, Un Chien Andalou, is a masterpiece of provocation: one of the few films - arguably the only film - really to use the medium's potential for pure anarchy.

In Un Chien Andalou, the cinema becomes an anti-rational arena for that which is elsewhere unthinkable and inadmissible. A cloud drifts across a floating moon; a razor slices a woman's eyeball; grand pianos with dead cattle are dragged across a bourgeois sitting room; ants scurry in and out of a hole in a man's hand; his mouth is transformed into armpit hair - one of the most disquieting, hilarious images ever committed to celluloid. When Foucault wrote about Borges's mythical Chinese encyclopedia with its bizarre classifications, he says he laughed out loud at "the stark impossibility of thinking that". The images in Un Chien Andalou make you laugh the same way.

Excerpt from peter Bradshaw's article in the Guardian located HERE

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Theatrical Release: June 6th, 1929 - France

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Distribution BFI Video - Region 2 - PAL
Runtime 15:52 
Video 1.28:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.0 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

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Audio Silent - Commentary in Dolby Digital 2.0
Subtitles English (for Commentary), None
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Release Information:
Studio: BFI Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.28:1

Edition Details:

• Documentary A Proposito De Bunuel with optional subtitles (1:39:15)
• Commentary by Robert Short with optional subtitles
• Introduction by Robert Short with optional subtitles (25:20)
• 28 page booklet in case with "L'Age D'or


DVD Release Date: October 25th, 2004

Handsome White Boxset with dual cardboard CD-sized case
Chapters: 8

 

 

Comments:

Well - I am floored! What a magnificent package. Un Chien Andalou looks to come from the BFI Video/analog catalogue with a little chroma bug here and there. The true gem of this DVD is the A Proposito De Bu˝uel feature. Inspiring... it makes you want to quit your job to immerse yourself in Bu˝uel as a full time project!  I LOVE the idea of optional subtitles on everything. Done before by BFI and it looks like it's here to stay. What a fabulous idea! This is even an advancement over what Criterion does. This is a strong contender for DVD of the year. Sure some damage is visible, but with what they include and how they present it, I am willing to give a wide berth on technical (perhaps a million dollar restoration could bump the image to be 20% better)... and the film is almost 75 years old. It still looks very good with excellent contrast, good title card and extras. out of      

Gary W. Tooze


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(aka "┬ge d'or" or "Age of Gold" or "The Golden Age"')

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France 1930

 

After the success of Un Chien Andalou with accolades from the ruling Parisian surrealists, Luis Bu˝uel and Salvador DalÝ were commissioned by Marie-Laurie and Charles de Noailles to make another experimental short film. It was expected that it would be extensively using classical music and obtuse imagery. What resulted was an alarming mediation on how to disrupt the public majority. Everyone seemed insulted... and they protested. It seems almost impossible that this film could have been made so long ago. Bu˝uel and Dali are thumbing their respective noses at every conceivable social moray and value. I wish I could think of someone to compare this to in modern day... but no one would be worthy.

 

Bu˝uel penned that L'Age d'Or was about "the impossible force that thrusts two people together [and] the impossibility of their ever becoming one." Amusingly enough the couple referred to were both sex-maniacs who reveled by lusting after everything including each other and inanimate objects. Eventually this breaks down as something beyond a film - something that cannot be scrutinized in a short paragraph or two. My advice is only to watch it... and enjoy. out of     

Gary W. Tooze

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Theatrical Release: October 28th, 1930 - Paris, France

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Distribution BFI Video - Region 2 - PAL
Runtime 1:02:20
Video 1.30:1 Original Aspect Ratio
Average Bitrate: 6.19 mb/s
PAL 720x576 25.00 f/s

NOTE: The Vertical axis represents the bits transferred per second. The Horizontal is the time in minutes.

Bitrate:

Audio French (Dolby Digital 1.0 Mono) 
Subtitles English, None
Features Release Information:
Studio: BFI Video

Aspect Ratio:
Original aspect Ratio 1.30:1

Edition Details:

• Commentary by Robert Short with optional subtitles

• 28 page booklet in case with "Un Chien Andalo" 
• Acknowledgments
• Also Available

DVD Release Date: October 25th, 2004

Handsome White Boxset with dual cardboard CD-sized case
Chapters: 18

 

 

Comments:

This is just too much! RE: The commentary - Selecting the commentary track you see only about 26 minutes of the film with Robert Short's articulate words which are to be treasured. He divines logical interpretation where rarely would even the most ardent Bu˝uel fan observe. I found it very illuminating although wished it would spread to the entire film rather than less than half. If anyone could transform a surrealist neophyte into a devout fan - this commentary would do it !

A little damage in the film - again analog and non-interlaced (most likely taken from beta), excellent subtitles and commentary titles. This edition has become on of my most treasured DVD packages. Don't hesitate - I'm off to watch and listen to the commentary yet again.out of

Gary W. Tooze

 


Recommended Reading in French Cinema (CLICK COVERS or TITLES for more information)

The Films in My Life
by Francois Truffaut, Leonard Mayhew

French Cinema: A Student's Guide
by Philip Powrie, Keith Reader
Agnes Varda by Alison Smith Godard on Godard : Critical Writings by Jean-Luc Godard Notes on the Cinematographer by Robert Bresson Robert Bresson (Cinematheque Ontario Monographs, No. 2)
by James Quandt
The Art of Cinema by Jean Cocteau French New Wave
by Jean Douchet, Robert Bonnono, Cedric Anger, Robert Bononno

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