A Companion to Luis Buuel

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  • Format: Hardcover
  • Copyright: 2013-04-22
  • Publisher: Wiley-Blackwell
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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  • Presents a previously unpublished interview with Luis Buñuel’s son, Juan Luis Buñuel

Author Biography

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
Rob Stone

2. Luis Buñuel and The Politics of Self-Presentation
Julie Jones

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?
Mieke Bal

Section Two: A Golden Age

5. Surreal Souls: Un chien andalou and Early French Film Theory
Sarah Cooper

6. Fixed-Explosive: Buñuel’s Surrealist Time-Image
Ramona Fotiade

7. L’Âge d’or
Agustín Sánchez Vidal

8. Buñuel Entomographer
Tom Conley

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)
Erica Segre

10. Out of Place, Out of Synch: Errant Movement and Rhythm in Buñuel’s Mexican Comedies
Tom Whittaker

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                                                                                              
Ana Morana

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
Geoffrey Kantaris

15. Stars in The Wilderness: La Mort en ce jardin 
Sarah Leahy

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
Sherry Velasco

Section Five: An Exterminating Angel

18. The Galdós Intertext in Viridiana
Sally Faulkner

19. Spectral Cinema: Buñuel’s Le Journal d’une femme de chambre
Kate Griffiths

20. Between God and The Machine: Buñuel’s Cine-Miracles
Libby Saxton

21. The Road and The Room: Narrative Drive in The Films of Luis Buñuel
Marsha Kinder

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
Sheldon Penn

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
Cristina Moreiras

26. Through a Fractal Lens: New Perspectives on The Narratives of Luis Buñuel
Wendy Everett

Section Seven: And in the Spring

27. Mutilation, Misogyny, and Murder: Surrealist Violence or Torture Porn?
Paul Begin

28. Inside/Outside: Space and Sexual Behaviour in Belle de Jour and La Pianiste
Jimmy Hay

29. Surrealist Legacies: The Influence of Luis Buñuel’s ‘Irrationality’ on Hiroshi Teshigahara’s ‘Documentary-fantasy’
Felicity Gee

30. Luis Buñuel's Angel and Maya Deren's Meshes: The Future of Surrealism, Trance and The Cultural Imaginary
Susan McCabe




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