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.
Luis Buñuel’s early masterpiece is a raw portrait of disaffected Mexican youth.
A wannabe killer’s attempts at murder are repeatedly thwarted in this macabre comedy.
Luis Buñuel made a splash with these landmarks of cinematic surrealism.
Two radical and celebrated films from Luis Buñuel's early career.
A sexually deviant young woman turns a household upside down in this delirious melodrama.
This savagely sacrilegious masterpiece features some of Luis Buñuel’s most audacious set-pieces.
Catherine Deneuve stars in Luis Buñuel’s most explicit study of sadomasochism.
A wife’s affair has ruinous consequences in this shattering, ultra-rare melodrama.
Two transit workers embark on a surreal odyssey through Mexico City in a stolen streetcar.
A simple-minded strongman finds his political conscience in this sultry melodrama.
Luis Buñuel’s perverse, sacred-cow-skewering portrait of a husband gripped by jealousy.
Buñuel offers a revelatory take on the classic novel about a shipwrecked castaway.
This personal favorite of Buñuel’s is one of his most probing examinations of faith.
This neglected masterpiece is a scorching tale of sex and sin on an untamed island.
A maid contends with foot fetishists, fascists, and a murder in this caustic satire.
Catherine Deneuve is a housewife with an S&M fetish in this kinky-cool surrealist classic.
Buñuel imbues this rollicking road movie with poetic flights of melancholy and mysticism.
Buñuel’s feverish adaptation of Brontë’s novel of l’amour fou is a Surrealist’s delight.
A rich man’s greedy family gets a lesson in humility in this morally complex black comedy.
Machismo runs amok in a small town where men are locked in a permanent blood feud.
A man is driven to absurd extremes by his love for a fickle dancer in Buñuel’s final film.
Buñuel makes mincemeat of upper-crust social rituals in this absurdist masterpiece.
Buñuel mercilessly mocked the idea of normalcy in this audacious surrealist fantasia.
Luis Buñuel makes burlesque out of Catholic dogma in this satiric fantasy.
A remote island teeters on the brink of revolution in Buñuel’s most explosive political film.
This little-seen, delightfully offbeat comedy zips between melodrama and screwball farce.
A doctor sheds his bourgeois life to take up the cause of workers’ rights.
Buñuel lets loose with his stylistic flourishes in this subversive jungle-set thriller.
Buñuel is at his most sublimely surreal in these essential satirical masterpieces.