Un Chien Andalou/L'age D'or


The surrealists were fascinated by the movies, but it took Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí to make cinema's only authentic surrealist masterpieces.

The 17-minute Un Chien Andalou (1928) kicks off with the notorious razor-blade/eyeball interface and piles image on bizarre image with gleeful abandon. L'Age D'Or (1930), which runs just over an hour, takes a few more sideswipes at religion and includes some beguilingly kinky images of amour fou that gave contemporary censors the vapours. Both films set out to be enigmatic, challenging and gratuitously outrageous - and triumphantly succeed.


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