Surrealism and film have been together since the beginning of the surrealist movement in the early 1920’s. Today on Crizic, we look towards some of the greatest surreal movies ever made. Keep in mind that we have tried to include movies which are true to the surreal genre. The movie which is more inclined towards thegenre will be given priority. Here are the 7 greatest surreal movies of all time:
7. Inland Empire:
Because watching movies is a bizarre business, and a movie creates its own world, in some ways more persuasively cogent and real than the reality surrounding it, Lynch positions himself in the no man’s land between these two realities and furnishes it with a landscape and topography all his own.
6. The Exterminating Angel:
The Exterminating Angel is a surreal movie with blatantly-yet-subtly done social commentary. Even we don’t know what that phrase means. But it’s probably the only phrase that can be used to describe it. Oh, surrealism.
Begotten is the only movie mentioned on Crizic we don’t recommend you to watch. Er, yeah. Don’t ask us why. Well, if you want to watch an entire movie with scenes like the one posted right up here, go ahead.
4. The Seventh Seal:
Starkly existential, boldly poetic, slow and grim, Ingmar Bergman’s great classic The Seventh Seal has haunted film aficionados, baffled and bored college students, inspired innumerable parodists, and challenged both believers and unbelievers for nearly half a century. Long considered one of the greatest films of all time, Bergman’s medieval drama of the soul can be difficult to watch but is impossible to forget.
3. An Andalusian Dog:
There can be no arguments to the fact that Salvador Dalí is one of the greatest artist of all time. Imagine the genius of a painter meeting with surrealism of a great director. Yeah, that sums up An Andalusian Dog. This amazing flick finds its place on number 3 on this list.
2. Blue Velvet:
Lynch’s films tend to be walking contradictions, with a dark and nasty attitude combined with moments of humour and genuine tenderness. Never is that ability to contradict more on display than it is in Blue Velvet. Blue Velvet shows why Lynch is a master of suspense and the surreal. He creates sinister plots, odd characters and an atmosphere that can only be described as uniquely Lynchian. And of course, it is second only to another masterpiece by Lynch, that is;
Eraserhead isn’t that gross like other movies listed on this list. It is just surreal. Eerily surreal. Eraserhead is the kind of movie that defines its genre. And, when a guy like Stanley Kubrick lists a movie as his inspiration to make something like The Shining, you can understand what a movie that is. While it’s certainly possible to find metaphors in Eraserhead’s bizarre imagery, the film works on such an intensely visceral level that attempts to analyze it seem counterproductive. And that, ladies and gentlemen, how a surreal movie should be. Dubbed as the second greatest directorial debut feature (after Citizen Kane), Eraserhead is truly the greatest surreal movie of all time.