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Un Chien Andalou (An Andalusian Dog) Single Film Study

jclarke | Monday July 02, 2018

Categories: A Level, OCR A Level, Analysis, Film Analysis, Films & Case Studies, Directors, Luis Bunuel and Salvador Dali, World Cinema, Un Chien Andalou, Genres & Case Studies, Experimental, Fantasy, Horror, Short, Surrealist

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OCR Film Studies Paper 1

Section B: European Cinema History

This section focuses upon the study of at least two major European movements or stylistic developments in film history, characterised by the significant contribution they made and continue to make to film aesthetics. Learners must study one compulsory, distinctly experimental film movement (surrealist film) and one other film movement from a choice of two:

Experimental film – European surrealist film

Learners must study a set pair of two experimental films from the European surrealist film movement of the 1920s and 1930s. The set experimental film pair is equivalent in study to one feature length set film.

  • Un Chien Andalou: Silent film (Buñuel and Dali, 1929)
  • L'Age D'or (Buñuel, 1930) New Comparative Study!
In addition to the above, learners must also study at least one other set film. This film should be drawn from one of the other European film movements or stylistic developments listed below:

Other European film movements or stylistic developments

French New Wave

  • The 400 Blows (Les quatre cents coups) (Truffaut, 1959)
  • À Bout de Souffle (Godard, 1960)
  • Cleo from 5 to 7 (Varda, 1962)

German Expressionism

  • The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari (Weine, 1920)
  • Nosferatu (Murnau, 1922)
  • Metropolis (Lang, 1927)


In studying a film that is widely regarded as a ‘classic’, there’s typically find a wealth of discourse to engage with and Un Chien Andalou directed by Luis Bunuel is exemplary in this regard. Like a number of other notable film directors, Bunuel sought to develop a new approach to filmmaking in terms of subject and style.


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