un chien andalou


Sitting comfortably in a dark room, dazzled by the light and the movement which exert a quasi-hypnotic power... fascinated by the interest of human faces and the rapid changes of place, [a] cultivated individual placidly accepts the most appalling themes...and all this naturally sanctioned by habitual morality, government, and international censorship, religion, dominated by good taste and enlivened by white humor and other prosaic imperatives of reality.

 Notes from Director LUIS BUNUEL

In a dream-like sequence, a woman's eye is slit open to grab the audience's attention. The French phrase "ants in the palms," (which means that a man 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 different striped objects is repeatedly used to connect scenes.

Plot Summary by Ryan T. Casey

When writing the script, Luis Bunuel and Salvador Dali deliberately rejected anything that made rational sense, so a plot summary is something of a futile exercise. Still, here goes... Un Chien Andalou consists of seventeen minutes of bizarre and surreal images which may or may not mean anything. A woman's eye is slit open, a man 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, a man's hand has a hole in the palm from which ants emerge.

 Plot summary by Michael Brooke