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Does this make more sense AFTER I drink the Stella?
June 30, 2005 9:06 AM   Subscribe

Got Beer? Which came first, the Stella Artois or the Ostrich? Does this makes sense after I drink a few Stellas?
posted by spicynuts (30 comments total)

 
I just realized that I forgot to point out that this is a link to a page with Quicktime with audio. Apologies in advance.
posted by spicynuts at 9:10 AM on June 30, 2005


I'm guessing this won't be seen during Super Bowl halftime. Nice find.
posted by Rothko at 9:17 AM on June 30, 2005


This was Reassuringly Elephants... whatever that means.
posted by CG at 9:17 AM on June 30, 2005


that was fantastic.
posted by chococat at 9:24 AM on June 30, 2005


Cheers!
posted by carter at 9:32 AM on June 30, 2005


Pointlessly enigmatic, like all French film.

Rather funny, unlike most French film.
posted by ZenMasterThis at 9:38 AM on June 30, 2005


Refreshing like an Andalusian Dog.
posted by qwip at 9:48 AM on June 30, 2005


Other commercials by director Frank Budgen:
GOSSARD 'Bus' (QuickTime, autoplay, SOUND warning)
Audi "Fish"
Nike Commercials
posted by spock at 9:48 AM on June 30, 2005


Not sure where you are getting the "French Film" label, ZenMasterThis. The film is in the style of Luis Buñuel (a Spaniard). According to biographical notes about him:

Luis Buñuel was born February 22, 1900 in Calanda, Spain. He was educated by Jesuits before going to Madrid to study at the University. There he met Salvador Dali and the two became friends. He moved to Paris where, in 1928-29 he made, with Dali, the short film Un Chien Andalou. This film contained such shocking images that it was banned for decades. Some of the images still shock today, such as the slit-open eyeball that was one of the opening images in the film. It catapulted Buñuel to notoriety, especially among surrealists. He followed this with L'Age d'Or. He went on making movies, most of which attacked the bourgeoisie and Christianity. He moved to Mexico in the late nineteen-forties and made movies, many of which did not make much of an impression outside Spanish-speaking countries. One outstanding film from this time is Los Olvidados, an unflinching look at street life in Mexico. Returning to Europe, he made several films late in his career which won much critical acclaim. He worked with such actors as Fernando Rey, Jeanne Moreau and Catharine Deneuve. He won a Palme d'or, and an Oscar for The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie in 1972. Buñuel died in 1983.
posted by spock at 10:03 AM on June 30, 2005


Paris

Un Chien Andalou

L'Age d'Or

bourgeoisie

Jeanne Moreau

Catharine Deneuve

Palme d'or

Le Sacrifice

Une histoire surrealiste


Close enough.
posted by ZenMasterThis at 10:10 AM on June 30, 2005


Ha ha, that's even better than that Stella ad with the endearing old man with the donkey cart full of flowers that I now see every goddamn time I see a goddamn movie in the theater. Or that little short about the two little girls who see the Madonna, I won't be sick of that until I see it at LEAST twenty more times.

Thanks for giving me a preview of what I get to hate the next dozen times I see a movie in the theater.

*hugs DVD player*
posted by gurple at 10:29 AM on June 30, 2005


you yanks get Stella now, then?
posted by flameproof at 10:37 AM on June 30, 2005


Gurple....I feel for you, my friend, but Stella doesn't advertise in the States, so those of us here will only get to see it this way.
posted by spicynuts at 10:37 AM on June 30, 2005


By the way, the entire 1929 surreal short (banned for decades) Un Chien Andalou is available for download (98 MB).

The other influence for the commercial was Murnau. His 1922 Dracula film is a silent masterpiece of terror which to this day is regarded as the most striking and frightening portrayal of the legend. Available for full download in 97MB, 219MB, and 881MB flavors.

Enjoy.
posted by spock at 10:40 AM on June 30, 2005


Gurple....I feel for you, my friend, but Stella doesn't advertise in the States, so those of us here will only get to see it this way.

Actually I'm in Seattle. Maybe this is just a local phenomenon -- in many of our local theaters, Stella has managed to subject us to the one-two punch of the pseudo-Stella ad (like this one, a short film funded by Stella but only making allusions to the beer) and then an actual, terrible Stella ad (something about a Stella-loving flower seller).

I'm all in favor of mediocre-to-good directors getting some money to do short films. But the immediate product tie-in just puts me right off. Plus, there are only so many times I want to see the same short. I don't even see all that many movies in theaters (maybe one a month), but I've seen the abovementioned one-two punch at least four times.

On first viewing, this Sacrifice thing was mildly entertaining. By the fifth time I see this in a theater I'll be shouting obnoxiously. Yeah, I'm one of those guys.
posted by gurple at 10:54 AM on June 30, 2005


Hey, Spock, thanks for the Nosferatu link. That film kicks ass. You haven't lived until you've seen it, on halloween, with music performed by a live Romanian band.
posted by gurple at 10:56 AM on June 30, 2005


Wouldn't a dead Romanian band be more apropos?
posted by ZenMasterThis at 10:58 AM on June 30, 2005


Touche, ZMT.

Ah, I see, in the US this is a Landmark Theaters parntership. They claim that they'll switch out the short every month, but they lie. Oh, yes, they lie.
posted by gurple at 11:00 AM on June 30, 2005


Actually I'm in Seattle

Interesting..I've never seen this in NYC and we have just as big a Stella infatuation going on here as out there. Then again, the theater I usually go to is an AMC, not a Landmark, so maybe I've been fortunate. To tell you the truth though, I'd rather see a short like this five to six times than that GOD DAMN INFERNAL FANDANGO commercial that I've been forced to watch a billion times. Likewise anything involving the Scion car or McDonalds.
posted by spicynuts at 11:29 AM on June 30, 2005


What is the fascination with Stella Artois? The lure of the unfamiliar (in the States)? As a kid reaching drinking age, one could not (by normal means) obtain Coors east of the Mississippi, nor Stroh's west of same river. Couldn't get Leinenkugel in Chicago.


All three are piss-water. Am I to believe that S-A is not a fourth for bridge?
posted by beelzbubba at 12:34 PM on June 30, 2005


you yanks get Stella now, then?

Yanks and non-yanks can get it, altho maybe not everywhere.

Am I to believe that S-A is not a fourth for bridge?

Correct.
posted by carter at 12:40 PM on June 30, 2005


BeerFilter.

Not that there's anything wrong with that.
posted by sharpener at 12:50 PM on June 30, 2005


At all.
posted by sharpener at 12:51 PM on June 30, 2005


Do they make it in Pepsi Blue?

And what does Guinness think of Stella usurping the ostrich?
posted by terrapin at 1:09 PM on June 30, 2005


Do they make it in Pepsi Blue?

No, just golden beery goodness.
posted by carter at 1:21 PM on June 30, 2005


Nice find spicynuts. Maybe we should get together over a beer.
posted by MonkeySaltedNuts at 1:47 PM on June 30, 2005


Kinda reminds me of the crazy incomprehensible ad in the Mr Plow episode of The Simpsons.
posted by Joeforking at 2:05 PM on June 30, 2005


That was bizarre... in a théatre de l'absurde kind of way.

Stella Artois is one of the main sponsors of the Montreal Jazz Fest this year BTW.
posted by clevershark at 9:08 PM on June 30, 2005


beelzbubba writes "As a kid reaching drinking age, one could not (by normal means) obtain Coors east of the Mississippi, nor Stroh's west of same river."

Frankly neither of those sounds like a great loss...
posted by clevershark at 9:09 PM on June 30, 2005


flameproof: "you yanks get Stella now, then?"


Yes, we get it now, and we've had it then.
posted by splatta at 5:55 AM on July 1, 2005


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