Updated 2018-Mar-02. Created 2007-Apr-09

Luis Bunuel (director, Spain/France, 1900-1983)

Founder of surrealist cinema. His films show an unique mix of surrealist humor and social melancholy, combining a documentary sense with surrealist qualities into a loose, discontinuous form of narrative.

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Le fantôme de la liberté (France, 1974)
One of Luis Bunuel’s most free-form and purely Surrealist films, consisting of a series of only vaguely related episodes – most famously, the dinner party scene where people sit on lavatories round a dinner table on, occasionally retiring to a little room to eat.

Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie (France, 1972)
Surrealist satire: an absurdly comic and wickedly incisive portrait of the meaningless social rituals and polite hypocrisy of the upper middle class; as two couples and their two friends, including a drug-running South American ambassador, can’t conduct a dinner party in peace. Foiled by (among other things) botched scheduling, sexual desire, a theater audience, an untimely funeral, and armed revolutionaries.

Cet Obscur Objet du Desir (France, 1977)

Simón del desierto (Mexico, 1965)
(Simon of the Desert)
Simon is presented with numerous temptations by the Devil (always as a woman), culminating in his being brought back to earth, to a modern New York discotheque!

Un chien andalou (1929)
A 16 minute surrealist short film by Luis Bunuel and Salvador Dali!

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