A surrealist tale of a man and a woman passionately in love with one another, but their attempts to consummate that passion are constantly thwarted by their families, the Church, and bourgeois society.
A surrealistic documentary portrait of the region of Las Hurdes, a remote region of Spain where civilisation has barely developed, showing how the local peasants try to survive without even the most basic utilities and skills.
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 ... See full summary »
When the young woman Tristana's mother dies, she is entrusted to the guardianship of the well-respected though old Don Lope. Don Lope is well-liked and well-known because of his honorable ... See full summary »
Bunuel's first feature has more of a plot than Un Chien Andalou (1929), but it's still a pure Surrealist film, so this is only a vague outline. A man and a woman are passionately in love with one another, but their attempts to consummate that passion are constantly thwarted, by their families, the Church and bourgeois society. Written by
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An outrageous but admirable piece of unrestricted creativity
The great thing about Buñuel's films is they can be interpreted in different ways. This one focuses on a man's attempt to make love to a woman, which frustratingly for him always seems out of reach. He is grabbed by two men and lead around the streets, glaring into images which become animated. He is seeing his outcome all around him, like a dream. The film has its funny moments and also its unpleasant ones, one being where a man executes his little son for a minor offence, another being where the man assaults a blind man crossing the road. But the savage Buñuel humour is in evidence, where a man throws various objects out of a window, including a burning tree, a priest and a giraffe. The primary assault as usual is on the bourgeoisie, with a scene at a dinner party, where a maid is burning in the kitchen and a horse-driven cart steered by peasants trespasses through. Of course all the guests are oblivious to this. It all concludes with a controversial religious scene, which was the main reason it was banned for so long. It is still an accomplished, sophisticated, expressive and artistically unlimited piece.
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