Un Chien Andalou Analysis

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The following analysis is a revelation that Spanish painter Salvador Dali born in 1904 was surrealist. He has incredible ability to design magnificent portraits. Surrealism is a cultural pattern that was found in Paris by various artists and writers. It was used to adopt imaginations to reality. While Dali was a popular artist, it was his unfamiliar way of thinking and deep concern for dreams that gained him the most disrepute. Salvador Dali was a true surrealist, a fact strongly confirmed by various metaphors, use of surrealist figures, his role in expanding the surrealist industry and his contribution towards other works of arts.
In his film Un Chien Andalou, the metaphoric use of the moon and the eye is common cited as an example of surrealism.
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In this film, insects also appear and their appearance is associated with humiliation, aggression, or menace (612). The cyclist’s hand has a circular hole with a swarm of ants coming out of it, which is used metaphorically and compared to the woman’s armpit when the insects dissolve the tuft of hair under the woman’s armpit only to disappear. The surreal images appear half buried in the last shot with hollowed eye sockets and eaten by insects. Surrealism is seen in greater depth in Dali’s film when he highlights his love-and-death theme. The film shows that love thrives full in the realms of death. This is seen when the cyclist begins to caress the woman’s breast he rolls his eyes up to the head and drool drips out of his mouth. Dali shows that love and death are connected and only transgression and separation by death can accomplish the ultimate union of love (614). The afore-mentioned thematic concern is also evident in the last part of the film when the two lovers are both found dead and half-buried in the sand. The title of the film “II e’taitunefois” to mean Once upon A Time, is a typical use of surrealism as it takes one to the world of fantasy. Such fantasies and imaginations lead to other stories in the film. This shows that Dali was a true
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