Three Films by Luis Buñuel 01/09/21
All hail the cinematic delights of Luis Buñuel, a world-class directing genius whose work ranges from insightfully impish to point-blank outrageous. Driven from Spain by Fascists and from New York by commie hunters, he found a cinematic haven in Mexico, adapting his surreal mindset to popular film forms. His final three French features show him bending the ‘popular film form’ back in the direction of his surreal roots, where a coherent narrative is optional. Buñuel’s pictures are the real deal: high art that overturns our ‘rational’ world and that shocks simply because it’s so honest. With Fernando Rey, Adriana Asti, Ángela Molina, Stéphane Audran, Carole Bouquet, Delphine Seyrig, Jean-Claude Brialy, Bulle Ogier, Adolfo Celi, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Michael Lonsdale, Michel Piccoli, Jean Rochefort, and Monica Vitti. On Blu-ray from The Criterion Collection.