Pierre Batcheff (1901 - April 13, 1932) was a French actor, whose original name was Piotr Bacev (from Russia), born in Harbin, Manchuria.
His best-known film was Un chien andalou (1929) by Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dali. He was married to French film editor Denise Piazza.
Both Batcheff and the leading actress in Un chien andalou, Simone Mareuil, committed suicide, Mareuil by setting herself on fire in 1954. Barcheff reportedly overdosed on Veronal per his entry at the Internet Movie Database.
Un Chien Andalou (English: An Andalusian Dog ) is a sixteen-minute surrealist film made in France in 1928 by Spanish writer/directors Luis Buñuel and Salvador Dalí, and released in 1929 in Paris. It is one of the best-known surrealist films of the French avant-garde film movement of the 1920s. It is also considered one of the most prominent films in Spanish Surrealism. It stars Simone Mareuil and Pierre Batcheff as the unnamed protagonists.
The film has no plot, in the normal sense of the word. There are two central characters, a man and a woman, who appear throughout and seem to be having a relationship crisis, but they are unnamed and the chronology of the film is disjointed: for example it jumps from "once upon a time" to "eight years later" without the events changing. It uses dream logic that can be described in terms of Freudian free association, presenting a series of tenuously related, and at times potentially offensive, scenes that attempt to shock the viewer. It also..., http://www.imdb.com/title/tt0020530