In a surrealistic film with input from Salvador Dalí, director Luis Buñuel presents stark, surrealistic images including the slitting open of a woman's eye and a dead horse being pulled along on top of a piano. A mysterious film open to interpretations ranging from deep to completely meaningless, this short (17-minute) film certainly presented something new in the cinema of its day.
Did You Know?
During the bicycle scene, the woman who is sitting on a chair while reading throws the book aside. The image it shows when it lays open is a reproduction of a painting by Johannes Vermeer. Vermeer was a Dutch painter greatly admired by Salvador Dalí
, and Dalí often referenced Vermeer in his own paintings. See more
The film was re-released in 1960 with soundtracks. See more
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