The 10 Best Shorts in Surrealism from the opinion of a 22 year old surrealist

by KafkaArtist | created - 01 Apr 2011 | updated - 13 Nov 2011 | Public

Short, sweet, and imaginative, the following shorts are some of the most important films of the 20th century.

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1. 10/65: Selbstverstümmelung (1965)

5 min | Short, Drama

6.3
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1965 action of Vienna Actionist artist Günter Brus shot and edited by Kurt Kren. Structuralist film theory emphasizes how films convey meaning through the use of codes and conventions not ... See full summary »

Director: Kurt Kren | Star: Günter Brus

Votes: 154

2. Simón del desierto (1965)

Not Rated | 43 min | Short, Comedy, Drama

8.0
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Simon, a deeply religious man living in the 4th century, wants to be nearer to God so he climbs a column. The Devil wants him come down to Earth and is trying to seduce him.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Claudio Brook, Silvia Pinal, Enrique Álvarez Félix, Hortensia Santoveña

Votes: 7,704

3. The Grandmother (1970)

Not Rated | 34 min | Short, Horror

7.3
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A young boy plants some strange seeds and they grow into a grandmother.

Director: David Lynch | Stars: Dorothy McGinnis, Richard White, Virginia Maitland, Robert Chadwick

Votes: 5,296

4. Un Chien Andalou (1929)

Not Rated | 16 min | Short, Fantasy, Horror

7.8
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Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí present seventeen minutes of bizarre, surreal imagery.

Director: Luis Buñuel | Stars: Pierre Batcheff, Simone Mareuil, Luis Buñuel, Salvador Dalí

Votes: 38,682

5. Fireworks (1947)

20 min | Short, Drama, Horror

7.1
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Depicts a dream sequence about the brutal rape and torture of Anger himself (as a teenager) by a group of sailors on the street (after trying to pick one of them up).

Director: Kenneth Anger | Stars: Kenneth Anger, Gordon Gray, Bill Seltzer

Votes: 1,816

6. Ghosts Before Breakfast (1928)

6 min | Short

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Hans Richter, noted for his abstract shorts, has everyday objects rebelling against their daily routine.

Director: Hans Richter | Stars: Werner Graeff, Walter Gronostay, Paul Hindemith, Darius Milhaud

Votes: 1,206

The film is quite tame with its everyday household prop use. Nevertheless, its quite an entertaining and imaginative Dada film from the late 1920's that's well worth 6 minutes of your time.

7. Meshes of the Afternoon (1943)

14 min | Short

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A woman returning home falls asleep and has vivid dreams that may or may not be happening in reality. Through repetitive images and complete mismatching of the objective view of time and space, her dark inner desires play out on-screen.

Directors: Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid | Stars: Maya Deren, Alexander Hammid

Votes: 8,161

8. Meikyû-tan (1975)

16 min | Short

6.7
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Two men carry a portal door which leads to different realms.

Director: Shûji Terayama | Stars: Keiko Niitaka, Yoko Ran, Sueshi Sasada, Shigeru Meguro

Votes: 119

Music is entrancing.

9. A Song of Love (1950)

Not Rated | 26 min | Short, Fantasy, Romance

7.6
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Two prisoners in complete isolation, separated by the thick brick walls, and desperately in need of human contact, devise a most unusual kind of communication.

Director: Jean Genet | Stars: Bravo, Jean Genet, Java, Coco Le Martiniquais

Votes: 2,492

10. Byt (1968)

13 min | Animation, Short, Comedy

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A nondescript man is trapped in a sinister flat, where nothing seems to obey the laws of nature.

Director: Jan Svankmajer | Stars: Ivan Kraus, Juraj Herz

Votes: 1,319