Film Series

Buñuel

 
 
Jul 11—Aug 14, 2014
 
 
 
 
 
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From his beginnings as a godfather of filmic Surrealism to his remarkably fertile exile in Mexico to his late-career renaissance as a titan of international cinema, Spanish-born director Luis Buñuel’s richly varied body of work reveals a consummate film-poet whose movies overflow with unforgettable, dreamlike images. Though he frequently courted controversy for his subversive razzing of religion and middle-class moral hypocrisy, at the heart of Buñuel’s cinema is a pure and unflagging sense of humanism.


 
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The Brute (El Bruto)
Thu, Jul 24, 2014
 
The Brute (El Bruto)
Thu, Jul 24, 2014
 

One of Buñuel’s most potent Mexican works—about a simple-minded strongman who discovers his political conscience—is at once a sultry sadomasochistic melodrama and a scorching, eat-the-rich allegory. 

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El
Mon, Jul 28, 2014
 
El
Mon, Jul 28, 2014
 

From Buñuel’s Mexican period comes this perverse, sacred-cow-skewering portrait of a husband gripped by insane jealousy—which faced a particularly tough audience at Cannes in 1953.

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The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe
Tue, Jul 29, 2014
 
The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe
Tue, Jul 29, 2014
 

Buñuel’s revelatory take on Daniel Defoe’s classic novel about a shipwrecked castaway confronting a crisis of faith on a desert island is “morally and spiritually adventuresome” (Slant).

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Nazarin
Wed, Jul 30, 2014
 
Nazarin
Wed, Jul 30, 2014
 

This personal favorite of Buñuel's is one of his most earnest and probing examinations of faith. It follows a Mexican priest as he attempts to live a life of goodness in the face of unrelenting amorality.

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The Young One (La joven)
Thu, Jul 31, 2014
 
The Young One (La joven)
Thu, Jul 31, 2014
 

This neglected masterpiece is a scorching tale of sex and sin on an untamed Southern island that charts simmering tensions between a black jazz musician and a racist gamekeeper who preys on a young girl.

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Diary of a Chambermaid
Fri, Aug 1, 2014
 
Diary of a Chambermaid
Fri, Aug 1, 2014
 

A Parisian maid’s new job on a country estate comes with some unexpected duties, as she finds herself contending with a coterie of foot fetishists, fascists, and, maybe, a murderer in this caustic satire.

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Belle de Jour
Aug 1—Aug 3, 2014
 
Belle de Jour
Aug 1—Aug 3, 2014
 

Catherine Deneuve is a housewife who lives out her S&M fantasies as a high-class prostitute in this kinky-cool mix of sex and the surreal, one of Buñuel’s most highly regarded and provocative films.

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Mexican Bus Ride (Subida al cielo)
Mon, Aug 4, 2014
 
Mexican Bus Ride (Subida al cielo)
Mon, Aug 4, 2014
 

Buñuel imbues this “beautiful, spiritual film” (Slant) with poetic flights of melancholy and mysticism, as a young newlywed races across Mexico aboard a bus to notarize his dying mother’s will.

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Wuthering Heights (Abismos de pasión)
Tue, Aug 5, 2014
 
Wuthering Heights (Abismos de pasión)
Tue, Aug 5, 2014
 

Buñuel’s feverish adaptation of Emily Brontë’s classic novel of l’amour fou is a Surrealist’s delight: torrid gothic atmosphere, barren Mexican landscapes, and a deliriously unforgettable climax.

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The Great Madcap (El Gran Calavera)
Wed, Aug 6, 2014
 
The Great Madcap (El Gran Calavera)
Wed, Aug 6, 2014
 

The greedy family of a rich widower gets a lesson in humility when they’re duped into thinking he’s broke in Buñuel’s morally complex black comedy, rife with the director’s signature eccentric touches.

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The River and Death (El río y la muerte)
Wed, Aug 6, 2014
 
The River and Death (El río y la muerte)
Wed, Aug 6, 2014
 

Machismo runs amok in a small town where men are locked in a permanent blood feud. Buñuel’s ultra-rare Mexican production is a scorching “anti-western many years ahead of its time” (Senses of Cinema).

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That Obscure Object of Desire
Fri, Aug 8, 2014
 
That Obscure Object of Desire
Fri, Aug 8, 2014
 

A gentleman is driven to absurd extremes by his obsession with a flamenco dancer (ingeniously played by two actresses), while terrorist violence hovers ominously in the background, in Buñuel’s final masterwork.

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The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
Sat, Aug 9, 2014
 
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
Sat, Aug 9, 2014
 

A coterie of chichi couples slip down a series of absurdist rabbit holes in Buñuel’s Oscar-winning surrealist masterpiece, which dissolves reality to make mincemeat of upper-crust social rituals.

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The Phantom of Liberty
Sun, Aug 10, 2014
 
The Phantom of Liberty
Sun, Aug 10, 2014
 

Buñuel mercilessly mocked the idea of normalcy in this audacious surrealist fantasia in which police investigate the disappearance of a non-missing child, monks gamble with holy relics, and murder is celebrated.

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The Milky Way
Sun, Aug 10, 2014
 
The Milky Way
Sun, Aug 10, 2014
 

Buñuel’s sacred-cow-skewering satire makes burlesque out of religious dogma, as two pilgrims, en route to a shrine in Spain, encounter everyone from the Virgin Mary to the Marquis de Sade along the way.

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Fever Rises in El Pao
Mon, Aug 11, 2014
 
Fever Rises in El Pao
Mon, Aug 11, 2014
 

A remote Caribbean dictatorship teeters on the brink of revolution in Buñuel’s most explosively political film, a steamy hothouse blend of sadomasochistic sex, melodrama, and anarchy.

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Daughter of Deceit (La hija del engaño)
Tue, Aug 12, 2014
 
Daughter of Deceit (La hija del engaño)
Tue, Aug 12, 2014
 

One of Buñuel’s rarest films is this gleamingly mounted, delightfully offbeat comedy about an embittered cabaret owner who seeks to reconnect with the daughter he abandoned.

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That is the Dawn (Cela s'appelle l'aurore)
Wed, Aug 13, 2014
 
That is the Dawn (Cela s'appelle l'aurore)
Wed, Aug 13, 2014
 

A compassionate doctor sheds the vestiges of his bourgeois life and takes up the cause of workers’ rights in Buñuel’s morally complex tale of political awakening.

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Death in the Garden (La mort en ce jardin)
Wed, Aug 13, 2014
 
Death in the Garden (La mort en ce jardin)
Wed, Aug 13, 2014
 

Working in color, and with a larger than normal budget, Buñuel lets loose with his stylistic flourishes in this subversive thriller about a group of refugees fleeing a South American revolution.

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The Exterminating Angel + Simon of the Desert
Thu, Aug 14, 2014
 
The Exterminating Angel + Simon of the Desert
Thu, Aug 14, 2014
 

Buñuel is at his most sublimely surreal in these essential satirical masterpieces, which take dead aim at the director’s two favorite targets: religion and bourgeois social pretensions.

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PAST EVENTS
Film
Los Olvidados
 

Luis Buñuel’s early masterpiece is a raw portrait of disaffected Mexican youth.

Jul 11—Jul 12, 2014
 
 
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The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz
 

A wannabe killer’s attempts at murder are repeatedly thwarted in this macabre comedy.

Jul 12—Jul 13, 2014
 
 
Film
L'Age d'Or + Un Chien Andalou
 

Luis Buñuel made a splash with these landmarks of cinematic surrealism.

Tue, Jul 15, 2014
 
 
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Land Without Bread + Un Chien Andalou
 

Two radical and celebrated films from Luis Buñuel's early career.

Wed, Jul 16, 2014
 
 
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Susana
 

A sexually deviant young woman turns a household upside down in this delirious melodrama.

Thu, Jul 17, 2014
 
 
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Viridiana
 

This savagely sacrilegious masterpiece features some of Luis Buñuel’s most audacious set-pieces.

Jul 18—Jul 19, 2014
 
 
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Tristana
 

Catherine Deneuve stars in Luis Buñuel’s most explicit study of sadomasochism.

Jul 19—Jul 20, 2014
 
 
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A Woman Without Love (Una Mujer Sin Amor)
 

A wife’s affair has ruinous consequences in this shattering, ultra-rare melodrama.

Mon, Jul 21, 2014
 
 
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Illusion Travels by Streetcar
 

Two transit workers embark on a surreal odyssey through Mexico City in a stolen streetcar.

Wed, Jul 23, 2014