Un Chien Andalou


In the film "Un Chien Andalou" many things seemed odd to the sense of someone who is more familiar with modern day film. In this film, such things had much correlations like" the Hole in the hand with ants". Jesus Christ was the only known person to have had this done....

The Ants were a lot like the group of people in the street encircling the gentleman playing with the hand.

Also, there was a point in the film where a moth was shown, with a skull tattooed to its head...giving the idea the man was evil. Throughout the film, the man did negative things to the woman, and also to the second character that entered.

On another note, recognizing that the man not only had the ants in the hand, but also transformed from the moth...If we notice in other films, such as the Exorcist 2 and the X-files movie, we see how insects play a role as being an evil doer.

Also, as eye appeal, we see at the beginning of the film of how the razor cut the eyelid was a bit in sync with the clouds "cutting" though the moon.....shapes were the correlation.
--John Bartruff, 2000


The movie "Un Chien Andalou" was a somewhat confusing and forced me to look for connections between the images. The images were surprising and shocking. The first image of the sliced eyeball was shocking and unexpected. It was contrasted with the image of the moon being "sliced" by the cloud. What was Bunuel trying to accomplish with these images. Was he annoyed by the common pleasing images that other film makers provided the audience. I feel that Bunuel was trying to change film so that it would shock people and make them think rather that be entertained and pleased. Seeing these disturbing images causes the audience to step back and rethink what they know.
--Erica Ferry, 2000


Sitney points out that one of the results of this film was to move away from the cause-effect demands of narrative. Since most spectators are used to narratives, this film causes some disorientation at first because it requires different connections from what we're used to. Can you see any benefit from escaping the confines of narrative?
--Hugh McCarney, 2000


There are many benefits from escaping the confines of narrative. This allows the viewer to be exposed to something new and unfamiliar. In a way, escaping narrative forces the viewer to question everything that they know. Being exposed to a video with new structure and elements allows people to explore their own mind more than they usually do. This new "foreign" style of video gives people new ways and things to think about. It allows them to have questions and in turn they will think more and learn more about life and themselves. The only way to live life to it's fullest is to continue to experience new things with an open mind.
--Erica Ferry, 2000


Bunuel's Un Chien Andalou, I found to be a correlation between humans and insects. I noticed that Bunuel concentrated on insects in several instances throughout the short film. The reoccurring instance of the ants coming through the hole within the male figure's hand was often followed by humans scurrying as the ants would. These humans were huddled in a road as another figure poked the hand. As soon as the police came into the scene, the humans dispersed and ran around as ants do. That particular scene ends with one woman standing in the middle of the road after all the others have run off. That one woman becomes hit by a car. I found this to be a correlation to nature's life cycle. The entire group scurried away, leaving this woman of whom dies at the hands of a predator, the car.

Another insect correlation I noticed was the moth towards the end of the work. The moth is placed on the wall and as the camera gets closer, a face is upon it's back. That face eventually turns into a man, which I found to symbolize a connection between the existence of the moth and the man.

I found that the moth's life and the man's life were compared in a manner so that the lives were essentially the same. What I mean by this is that the entire film (I felt) concentrated on nature. The comparisons between man and nature are clear with the ants and moth. However, the moth is a direct comparison because it turns into the man. The symbolism of this metamorphosis brings to light that we all are living creatures and when it comes down to the bare minimum we all lead the same lives.
--Eva Jones, 2000


The movie we watched in class today was "Un Chien Andalou". This movie was directed by Bunuel and Dali. I though this movie was weird. To give an example like when the guy was feeling up the women and he was turning into a corpse.

I did not find a correlation between the humans and the ants when we viewed the material.

I only understood the meaning of the movie when Professor McCarney explained what the movie was about and reading other people conferences.

I am into the production end of the movie. I was fascinated on how they used editing techniques and different camera angles to create a story.
--Helene Dacey, 2000


Helene's note raises a point which is very important. This film is very sparse in its use of "effects". While there is some slow motion, it depends primarily, as Helene mentions, on editing, which is quite different from what we're used to in Hollywood films. Some shot sequences are clearly related, but many image juxtapositions are very abrupt and radical changes. How does this help to give the feel of a dream?
--Hugh McCarney, 2000


I do not think I'm the only person who was confused by Bunuel's film. I guess that I'm so used to seeing films totally unlike the ones we watched today that it is hard for me to comprehend what is going on. I think after we discussed this film, I felt that I understood a little bit more but not enough to grasp Bunuel's concept. I just don't understand what the plot was or even if there was a plot. Did anyone?
--Alyssa Miklinevich, 2001


I don't think there was a plot but then again I was just as confused as you were. After we talked a little about it I understood that I needed to look at Bunuel's short film with more of an open-mind as we needed to in the other short film we watched in class. The movies we are used to watching are much much different that I don't think I am as open-minded as I need to be yet. Did anyone understand this one???
--Rebecca Sanders, 2001


I do agree that the book did help a great deal in explaining this film to me. while i was watching the film i was trying to get adjusted to what has happening on screen hat i missed some of what was going on. and reading the book helped a great deal, in understanding what I saw and how the film makers saw their work.
--Geysa Maldonado, 2001


Luis Bunuel Work
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