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The Core Curriculum

“Un chien andalou” by Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dali, 1929.

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“Un chien andalou” is a film that filmmaker Luis Buñuel and surrealist artist Salvador Dali made in 1929. It presents many of the Freudian ideas that can be found in surrealist art. The medium of film is especially advantageous for presenting Freud’s ideas. Dreams, for Freud, are not simple images, but—despite their basic irrationality—narratives. Surrealist films combined this simultaneous narrative coherence and irrationality that can be found in dreams.