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Surreal Films

In a manner of speaking, all films are surreal. Surrealism is about making art that is both arresting in how realistically it's depicted, and yet it is not real. The closest metaphor we have to film is to describe the experience as a dream. But in another manner of speaking, surreal films make an artistic effort to defy real-world logic while presenting a dream-like atmosphere or subject in the most realistic possible way.

From the iconic (and uber-example) film Un Chien Andalou to more recent efforts in your local indie and alternative scene, these are movies that stretch the very boundary of the art form, even as they stretch your mind.

  • 1999 Being John Malkovich
    Being John Malkovich Director: Spike Jonze
    Starring: John Cusack, Cameron Diaz, Ned Bellamy, Eric Weinstein, Madison Lanc
  • 1985 Brazil
    Brazil Director: Terry Gilliam
    Starring: Jonathan Pryce, Robert De Niro, Michael Palin, Katherine Helmond, Ian Holm
  • 1977 Eraserhead
    Eraserhead Director: David Lynch
    Starring: Jack Nance, Charlotte Stewart, Allen Joseph, Jeanne Bates, Judith Roberts
  • 1975 Monty Python and the Holy Grail
    Monty Python and the Holy Grail Director: Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones
    Starring: Graham Chapman, John Cleese, Eric Idle, Terry Gilliam, Terry Jones
  • 1982 Tron
    Tron Director: Joseph Kosinski
    Starring: Jeff Bridges, Garrett Hedlund, Olivia Wilde, Bruce Boxleitner, Michael Sheen
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