16 min., 1929
Written by Salvador Dali/Louis Bunuel
Directed by Louis Bunuel
My rating: ★★★
A very bizarre look at early horror cinema.
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The movie begins with a man on a balcony looking at the moon with a straight razor in hand. He then proceeds to cut open a woman’s eyeball. We then jump to eight years later and a man is riding a bike down the street. He ends up falling off the bike and hits his head and a woman (the one that got her eye cut, I think) runs down and cuddles him. Next she is placing all of his belongings on a bed. She looks at it for a little while when she looks over at a man in her apartment that is looking very strongly at his hand. There is a hole in the center of it and ants are crawling out. What is going on?
The thing that surprised me most about this movie is the effects. I’ve seen movies that have come out this year where the effects just look silly. These effects where way ahead of their time. The ants coming out of the hand still looks really cool, and the famous eye ball cutting is still quite gruesome. Besides a look into the past at film making, the effects are another reason to take a peek at this one.
This is a really strange film. I have a lot of trouble figuring out exactly what Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí are trying to get across, but it is quite interesting to watch. There are a lot of odd images and situations that happen in the short 16 minute run-time and by the end you are still reeling from the oddities that you saw. I’m not saying that it’s a bad movie, it’s just really strange. If you want a good glimpse into an active acid trip, this is a pretty good place to start.Have You Read...?