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May 31, 2004

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I would say that L'Age d'Or is the only propper surrealist movie ever, while Un Chien Andalou is a surrealist visual poem, like Cocteau's Blood of a Poet. Then, there are several movies with heavy surreal content (from Herzog to Jodorowski, Svankmejer, Arrabal, etc..). Even other movies from Buñuel, which were surreal, but not fully surrealistic movies, as they had a more clasic substract ("El discreto encanto de la burguesía" was an attempt of making a surrealistic movie when it was not possible yet).

Un chien Andalou is just plain fantastic, scene by scene, pure poetry, sometimes tense, sometimes lyric (the ending is so brilliant, even hopeful, the words are interweaved with the images in a perfect way). Probably he strongest image is not the cut eye, but the man advancing in outageous wrath pulling a piano, a death donkey, two priest, and several other things with his bare hands, just to ride furiously and full of lust to the girl.

It's specially strong when you are into the spanish culture, and you feel all those signs as being part of your own chains and heritage, your prejudices, those things so hard to get off of yourself.

You find the imprint of Buñuel in the most unexpected places. Try to see Gozu (Miike) with that sight, for instance. Even if cultural gap is so huge there.

(by the way... sorry for my english)

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