Napoléon and the Surrealists
Silent cinema wasn’t all dapper little gentlemen falling into hot water, however. Come the 20’s, the art form began to grow up. Abel Gance made Napoléon in 1927 – an epic film running for a staggering nine hours and 22 minutes.
Visual artists also began to see the potential in “moving pictures”. Spanish filmmaker, Luis Buñuel, teamed up with Salvador Dalí in Paris, where the pair made Un Chien Andalou (1929) – the most famous short film in history. Buñuel described the brainstorming process: “Dalí said to me, ‘I dreamed last night of ants swarming around in my hands’, and I said, ‘Good Lord, and I dreamed that I had sliced somebody or other’s eye. There’s the film, let’s go and make it.’”
Un Chien Andalou (1929)