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paradoxes-de-bunuel-04-gLuis Buñuel was a creature of the 20th century. Born in 1900, he died in 1983, and February 22nd would have been his 114th birthday. It is almost impossible to overestimate his influence on cinematic surrealism, though ironically, his biggest contribution to the movement was made without its official “blessing.” No matter, along with a group of artists which included famed visual artist Salvador Dalí, his contributions to motion picture surrealism are still shocking young filmmakers today, and his works, along with his later cohorts, friends, and enemies, are required viewing for anyone who wants to understand how cinema became more than a record of life, but a rendering of the dream. On the occasion of his birth, we look back at the Spanish-Mexican filmmaker’s life and work, including his best known film, the silent 1929 short Un Chien Andalou. More »

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alejandro_jodorowsky_holy_mountain_black_alchemist_fusionOne of the richest veins in indie cinema is, of course, surrealism. Most surrealist films don’t reach a wide audience, but I can remember watching Alejandro Jodorowsky’s The Holy Mountain for the first time when I was 17 or so and being knocked out, though I couldn’t quite figure out why (if you haven’t seen it, you really should.) The Seventh Art has a 1987 BBC documentary on surrealist film, and it’s hosted by cinema’s great modern surrealist/mainstream director, David Lynch. Click below to watch the documentary and have your mind blown (as well as educated). More »