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A Companion to Luis Buñuel presents a collection of critical readings by many of the foremost film scholars that examines and reassesses myriad facets of world-renowned filmmaker Luis Buñuel’s life, works, and cinematic themes.
- A collection of critical readings that examine and reassess the controversial filmmaker’s life, works, and cinematic themes
- Features readings from several of the most highly-regarded experts on the cinema of Buñuel
- Includes a multidisciplinary range of approaches from experts in film studies, Hispanic studies, Surrealism, and theoretical concepts such as those of Gilles Deleuze
- Presents a previously unpublished interview with Luis Buñuel’s son, Juan Luis Buñuel
Rob Stone is Professor of European Film in the Department of Art History, Film and Visual Studies at the University of Birmingham where he directs B-Film: The Birmingham Centre for Film Studies. He is the author of numerous film books, including Spanish Cinema (2001), The Wounded Throat: Flamenco in the Works of Federico García Lorca and Carlos Saura (2004), Julio Medem (2007) and Walk, Don't Run: The Cinema of Richard Linklater (2013).
Julián Daniel Gutiérrez Albilla is Assistant Professor of Spanish at the University of Southern California. He has published on a wide range of Hispanic films including articles and chapters in edited works on Pedro Almodóvar, Hector Babenco, Luis Buñuel or Lucrecia Martel. He is the author of Queering Buñuel: Sexual Dissidence and Psychoanalysis in his Mexican and Spanish Cinema (2008).
Table of Contents
Introduction: The ‘Criminal’ Life of Luis Buñuel
Rob Stone and Julián Daniel Gutiérrez Albilla
List of Contributors
List of Illustrations
Section One: An Aragonese Dog
1. Interview with Juan Luis Buñuel
2. Luis Buñuel and The Politics of Self-Presentation
3. Buñuel, Master Pyrotechnician: The Role of Firearms in his Cinema
Guy Wood and Javier Herrera
4. Buñuel’s Critique of Nationalism: A Migratory Aesthetic?
Section Two: A Golden Age
5. Surreal Souls: Un chien andalou and Early French Film Theory
6. Fixed-Explosive: Buñuel’s Surrealist Time-Image
7. L’Âge d’or
Agustín Sánchez Vidal
8. Buñuel Entomographer
Section Three: The Forgotten One
9. The Complicit Eye: Directorial and Ocular Paradigms in Luis Buñuel’s Mexican Films and Interdisciplinary Visuality (1940s and 1950s)
10. Out of Place, Out of Synch: Errant Movement and Rhythm in Buñuel’s Mexican Comedies
11. Susana, aka Demonio y carne: Melodrama and The Voluptuosity of Destruction
María Pilar Rodríguez
12. Young Outlaws and Marginal Lives in Latin American Cinema: The Landmark of Los olvidados
Section Four: Strange Passions
13. The Creative Process of Robinson Crusoe: Exile, Solitude, Humanism
Amparo Martínez Herranz
14. The Cinematic Labour of Affect: Urbanity and Sentimental Education in El Bruto and Ensayo de un Crimen
15. Stars in The Wilderness: La Mort en ce jardin
16. Transitional Triptych: The Traps of International Cinemas in Buñuel's Cela s'appelle l'aurore, La mort en ce jardin and La fièvre monte à El Pao
Ernesto R. Acevedo-Muñoz
17. Buñuel Goes Medieval: From Sewing to Cervantes and The Vagina Dentata
Section Five: An Exterminating Angel
18. The Galdós Intertext in Viridiana
19. Spectral Cinema: Buñuel’s Le Journal d’une femme de chambre
20. Between God and The Machine: Buñuel’s Cine-Miracles
21. The Road and The Room: Narrative Drive in The Films of Luis Buñuel
Section Six: Discretion and Desire
22. On a Road to Nowhere: Parodic Movement as Time-Image in La Voie lactée and Le Charme discret de la bourgeoise
23. The Intertextual Presence of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Belle de jour
Arnaud Duprat de Montero
24. Splitting Doubles: Ángela Molina and The Art of Screen Acting in Cet obscur objet du désir
Peter William Evans
25. Buñuel and Historical Reason
26. Through a Fractal Lens: New Perspectives on The Narratives of Luis Buñuel
Section Seven: And in the Spring
27. Mutilation, Misogyny, and Murder: Surrealist Violence or Torture Porn?
28. Inside/Outside: Space and Sexual Behaviour in Belle de Jour and La Pianiste
29. Surrealist Legacies: The Influence of Luis Buñuel’s ‘Irrationality’ on Hiroshi Teshigahara’s ‘Documentary-fantasy’
30. Luis Buñuel's Angel and Maya Deren's Meshes: The Future of Surrealism, Trance and The Cultural Imaginary