Earlier this week I posted my review of Criterion’s Blu-ray release of Luis Bunuel‘s here) and seeing how it was the only Bunuel film I’d seen to that point I felt I would beef up my knowledge of the surrealist filmmaker’s work with a couple of his films that are available on Netflix Instant beginning with one of his most recognizable filma and moving to an early, 1929 short, which you can actually watch in its entirety below.
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)
I’m happy I watched it merely for reference sake and I would certainly watch it again, but I think I’ll explore more of Bunuel’s work before doing so.
Un Chien Andalou (1929)
The rest of the film plays like one dream sequence after another with each scene hardly, if at all, tied to any of the others. This is no surprise considering a quote from Bunuel found in P. Adams Sitney’s book, Visionary film: the American avant-garde in which Bunuel says, “Nothing, in the film, symbolizes anything. The only method of investigation of the symbols would be, perhaps, psychoanalysis.”
At 16 minutes it’s worth a watch if only to say you’ve seen it and to include it as a part of your film conversations in the future. So give it a watch below.
So there you have it. Hopefully you’ll watch Un Chien Andalou just above and add it to your comments below when you tell me what you watched this week.