Film Love takes head trips at Eyedrum with Surrealist classics
by Curt Holman @Curt_Holman
These days, screenwriter Charlie Kaufman has a reputation as indie cinema’s most “surreal” filmmaker for the likes of such head trips as Being John Malkovich and Synecdoche, New York. Compared to the original surrealist filmmakers of Europe’s early sound era, Kaufman looks more like a Hollywood pen-for-hire enslaved to conventional story structure.
Frequent Small Meals’ Film Love series is a kind of two-night master class in surrealist cinema, Nov. 14-15. Culminating with Luis Buñuel’s landmark collaborations with painter Salvador Dalí, Un Chien Andalou and L’Age D’Or, the Surrealist Classics program offers lessons in unlearning how to watch movies. The act of watching the surrealist short films differs so sharply from mainstream movies, it’s like relinquishing your expectations for film narrative to appreciate some wondrous, strange moving images.