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The Eye-Slitting Scene from Un Chien Andalou

This scene, in which Bunuel slices a woman's eye as a shadow bisects the moon, was introduced to me by someone who'd explained that it was the most beautiful thing they had seen. It is the first scene of the twenty-minute film and happens rather quickly, an apt introduction to Bunuel's collaboration with Salvador Dali.

Sometimes, the sequence appears in my dreams, or at lulls in waking life, when I'm waiting in line at the coffeeshop or stopped at a red light.

Eye slit from <em>Un Chien Andalou</em>

Donkey eye from <em>Un Chien Andalou</em>