DIRECTOR - Luis Buñuel
I have a soft spot for secret passageways, bookshelves that open into silence, staircases that go down into a void, and hidden safes. I even have one myself, but I won't tell you where. At the other end of the spectrum are statistics which I hate with all my heart.
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Un Chien Andalou (An Andalusian Dog) 1929, Unrated)
L' Âge d'Or (Age of Gold) (The Golden Age) 1979, Unrated)
A film of pure madness, surrealism and brilliance. I didn't enjoy it as much as its younger brother, Un Chien Andalou, but it has quite a few of my very favourite scenes in cinema within it. The guy who shoots himself and ends up on the ceiling is fantastic! As far as collaborations go, it doesn't get much better than Dali & Bunuel!
Les Hurdes (Land Without Bread) 1933, Unrated)
Gran Casino 1947, Unrated)
El Gran Calavera (The Great Madcap) 1949, Unrated)
Los Olvidados (The Young and the Damned) 1952, Unrated)
Susana (The Devil and the Flesh) 1983, Unrated)
La Hija del engaño (Daughter of Deceit) 1951, Unrated)
Subida al cielo (Mexican Bus Ride)(Ascent to Heaven) 1954, Unrated)
Una Mujer sin amor (A Woman Without Love) 1951, Unrated)
El Bruto (The Brute) 1953, Unrated)
El (This Strange Passion) (Torments) 1953, Unrated)
Illusion Travels by Streetcar (La Ilusion viaja en tranvia) 1954, Unrated)
Wuthering Heights (Abismos de pasión) 1954, Unrated)
Luis Bunuel's Robinson Crusoe 1954, Unrated)
El Río y la muerte (The River and Death) 1955, Unrated)
Cela s'appelle l'aurore (That is the Dawn) 1956, Unrated)
Death in the Garden (La Mort en ce jardin) 1956, Unrated)
Nazarín 1958, Unrated)
The Young One (Island of Shame) (White Trash) (La Joven) 1960, Unrated)
Viridiana 1961, R)
A grand incitement of all that's wrong with the world, it?s funny, Viridiana probably was dated for a time but actually seems quite apt in today's society. Classic Bunuel who managed to kick up a stink just as he'd been forgiven for the last one. All directors should have a bit of Bunuel in them or they just shouldn't make films!
El Ángel Exterminador (The Exterminating Angel) 1967, Unrated)
Diary of a Chambermaid (Le Journal d'une femme de chambre) 2000, Unrated)
Simón del desierto (Simon of the Desert) 1965, Unrated)
Belle de Jour 1968, R)
La Voie lactée (The Milky Way) 1969, PG)
Tristana 1970, PG-13)
Luis Buñuel's The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie has all the surrealism and satire as you'd expect from the French director. I don't think it has the impact of Viridiana or is as accomplished as Belle de Jour but I would argue that the visuals are some of the funniest of his, some subtle and some laugh out loud but none that are ever too obvious. It's very of its time but still rings true today, unfortunately very much so.
The Phantom of Liberty feels a bit like Monty Python's And Now for Something Completely Different but with meaning. It's as surreal as you'd expect from Bunuel but it is a little more current than a lot of his earlier work. I love the way everything is turned on its head, not every sketch is good but when it works, it really works. The dining room/toilet seats scene is probably my favourite, why do we congregate in consumption but not in excretion? These and other contradictions will make you laugh just as hard as they will make you think. His funniest film I've seen so far.
That Obscure Object of Desire 1977, R)