<i>Parody and the avant-garde:</i> Un Chien andalou <i>(June 1929)</i>

Phil Powerie and Éric Rebillard

in Pierre Batcheff and Stardom in 1920s French Cinema

Published by Edinburgh University Press

Published in print January 2005 | ISBN: 9780748621972
Published online March 2012 | e-ISBN: 9780748651191 | DOI:
Parody and the avant-garde: Un Chien andalou (June 1929)

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Un Chien andalou is probably the best-known film of the European avant-garde. As so many accounts of it point out, it is shocking now as it was some eighty years ago, principally due to the apparent slitting of a woman's eye in its first minutes. This chapter reviews contemporary and later reactions to the film, the former rather more than has been the case in previous accounts, and then focuses on Pierre Batcheff's role within the film. The emphasis is on an issue previously highlighted by Phillip Drummond and Richard Abel: the film is a parody not just of other film genres, but of Batcheff's films and of his role by 1929 as one of France's leading actors. The chapter also focuses on the role of Simonne Mareuil in the film.

Keywords: Un Chien andalou; Pierre Batcheff; avant-garde; parody; Phillip Drummond; Richard Abel; films; France; actors; Simonne Mareuil

Chapter.  8303 words. 

Subjects: Film

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