(out of 5)
This fascinating early work by the brilliant Luis Bunuel is a trippy voyage into surrealism. Made in collaboration with offbeat painter Salvador Dali (with whom he also made the classic short Un Chien Andalou), the formless plot revolves around a much-enamoured couple whose attempts at making love to each other are constantly thwarted by various bourgeois conventions. Not that the roadblocks are conventional, mind you; one of them is a giant cow who just happens to be lying on their bed. Deliciously odd visuals and superb editing highlight this wonderful masterpiece from a director who had only just begun his magnificent oeuvre of classics.
Directed by Luis Bunuel
Cinematography by Albert Duverger
Produced by Le Vicomte de Noailles
Music by Luis Bunuel, Georges Van Parys
Production Design by Alexandre Trauner
Film Editing by Luis Bunuel