"When I made the film, I was absolutely sure that it was going to be a failure; but I didn't care because I had the conviction that it expressed something, until then never said in pictures. Above all it was sincere."
UN CHIEN ANDALOU was Bunuel's first film and only 16 minutes long, but in that 16 minutes he changed Cinema forever and 65 years later (when I saw it for the first time) it changed my life forever. Made in collaboration with fellow Surrealist Salvador Dali - nobody will ever know how much the collaboration was, but based on their later separate work I personally think the majority was Bunuel. But you do see Dali's influence in stuff like the garden scene, the woman's bare back and the cocktail shaker bell - THE ANDALUSIAN DOG doesn't feature a dog at all, instead the narrative is more like dream flow of non-connecting visuals and objects and time. There is no explaining any of it, but it is a delight to watch the film over and over and dissecting everything. Not over analyze it, but just pick out all the small details. I won't do it here, there's plenty of books that have already done it.
One of the greatest crimes in the History of Man is UN CHIEN ANDALOU has never received a proper DVD or Blu-Ray release. I have the only official DVD release by Transflux Films, but the picture is extremely over-contrasted and looks like total shit. Whenever I want to watch the film I just pop in my old VHS cause it looks better. That's goddamn pathetic!
Highest recommendation possible. UN CHIEN ANDALOU shouldn't just be watch, but absorbed into your mind.