Surrealist Short Film

Posted on March 7, 2011

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Two films that were made during the height of the surrealist period were Un Chien Andalou (1929) and Meshes of the Afternoon (1943). Both of these films featured a non-linear plot and some shocking imagery. The goal of the surrealist movement was to tap into the imagery of the unconscious mind, so therefore these films were made without a traditional narrative structure. Both films have a dream-like quality. Most surrealist artwork tried to tap into dreams and the inner-workings of the mind, and images like the eye being cut open in Un Chien Andalou, are truly memorable and shocking, even after almost a century.

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