Un Chien andalou: <i>Parodying Stardom</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:
Un Chien andalou: Parodying Stardom

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This chapter explores the functionality of the slit eye, arguing that it establishes a principle of fracture. It considers the ways in which that fracture is related to hysteria, leading to an analysis of the disarticulation of Pierre Batcheff's star image in terms of the ethnicity of his roles and the costumes he wears. It also discusses issues of femininity, focusing on masochism. Finally, the chapter uses an image that is often mentioned but little talked about — that of the death's-head moth — to show how anamorphosis, a key preoccupation of Salvador Dalí and Jacques Lacan, can be a productive way of conceiving of Batcheff's function in Un Chien andalou.

Keywords: Un Chien andalou; Pierre Batcheff; slit eye; fracture; hysteria; femininity; masochism; death's-head moth; anamorphosis; ethnicity

Chapter.  8629 words.  Illustrated.

Subjects: Film

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