DIRECTED BY: Luis Buñuel
FEATURING: Fernando Rey, Paul Frankeur, Delphine Seyrig, Bulle Ogier, Stéphane Audran, Jean-Pierre Cassel
PLOT: Six friends attempt to have dinner together, but repeatedly fail for increasingly bizarre reasons.
WHY IT SHOULD MAKE THE LIST: A plot so simple it’s barely a plot at all starts out small . . . → Read More: LIST CANDIDATE: THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE (1972)
A solitary old woman senses that invisible presences surround her in this modern silent film with a strong, original piano score.
DIRECTED BY: Shane Carruth
FEATURING: Amy Seimetz, Shane Carruth, Andrew Sensenig, Thiago Martins
PLOT: After a man known as the Thief drugs a young woman and steals most of her money, she loses her job and some of her memory, and needs to start an entirely new life; a year . . . → Read More: LIST CANDIDATE: UPSTREAM COLOR (2013)
DIRECTED BY: Luis Buñuel
FEATURING: Fernando Rey, Carole Bouquet, Angela Molina
PLOT: A rich French businessman courts a beautiful young Spanish woman over the years, but although she sometimes professes to love him, she continually refuses to consummate the relationship.
WHY IT WON’T MAKE THE LIST: Obscure Object is one of Buñuel’s best, . . . → Read More: CAPSULE: THAT OBSCURE OBJECT OF DESIRE (1977)
Buster Keaton never aligned himself with the Surrealists or the avant-garde. His late in life experience acting in Samuel Becket’s Film (1965) proved a negative experience for the actor. Yet, Keaton possessed aesthetic qualities akin to Surrealist tenets, which made him a revered figure in that movement. Together with Playhouse (1921) and Frozen North (1922), Sherlock Jr. . . . → Read More: SHERLOCK JR. (1924)
“There was a time when meadow, grove, and stream, The earth, and every common sight To me did seem Apparelled in celestial light, The glory and the freshness of a dream. It is not now as it hath been of yore;– Turn wheresoe’er I may, By night or day, The things which I have seen . . . → Read More: 141. ALICE IN WONDERLAND (1966)
Further thoughts on the Certified Weird “Un Chien Andalou” (1929)
“Moving pictures merely repeat what we have been told for centuries by novels and plays. Thus, a marvelous instrument for the expression of poetry and dreams (the subconscious world) is reduced to the role of simple REPEATER of stories expressed by other art forms.”–Luis Bunuel
. . . → Read More: BUNUEL’S “UN CHIEN ANDALOU” (1929)
“Daily ritual, absurd cycle… Every character follows his predecessor… Always… Indefinitely…”-Director’s statement
CONTENT WARNING: This short contains brief cartoon nudity.
Valerie a Týden Divu
“…one of those haunting, dream-like films that once seen is difficult to forget.”–Tanya Krzywinska
DIRECTED BY: Jaromil Jires
FEATURING: Jaroslava Schallerova, Petr Kopriva, Helena Anyzova, Jiri Prymek, Jan Klusák
PLOT: Young Valerie lives in a farmhouse on the edge of a small town with her Granny. She flirts with “Eagle,” a boy . . . → Read More: 136. VALERIE AND HER WEEK OF WONDERS (1970)
“…[a] spontaneous creation without thought to logic, reason or consequences.”–Richard Elfman on Forbidden Zone
DIRECTED BY: Richard Elfman
FEATURING: Hervé Villechaize, Susan Tyrrell, Marie-Pascale Elfman, Phil Gordon, Matthew Bright (as “Toshiro Baloney”), Viva, Danny Elfman
PLOT: A curious girl wanders into the surreal “Sixth Dimension” located behind a door in her basement. There she . . . → Read More: 135. FORBIDDEN ZONE (1982)