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  • Paperback: 288 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage; Reprint edition (March 26, 2013)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0345803701
  • ISBN-13: 978-0345803702
  • Product Dimensions: 5.1 x 0.6 x 8 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 9.6 ounces (View shipping rates and policies)
  • Average Customer Review: 4.7 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (3 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #257,859 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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"May be quite simply the loveliest testament ever left by a film director." —The New York Times Book Review

"One of the best books ever offered by a moviemaker. Buñuel is the proper human landmark for a moment when Europe met America and the schemes of religion, property, and progress were reassessed as dreams." —The New Republic
 

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Luis Buñuel (1900–1983) was one of the twentieth century’s greatest filmmakers. His many credits include Un Chien Andalou (1924), which he conceived with Salvador Dalí, and The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972), which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film.

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Luis Buñuel (1900-1983) was one of the twentieth century's greatest filmmakers. His many credits include Un Chien andalou (1924), which he conceived with Salvador Dalí, and The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972), which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film.

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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By Suzanne on September 16, 2013
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Luis Bunuel was born in 1900 and reared in Calanda, Spain, to a wealthy family that enabled him to lead exactly the lifestyle he chose, which was a grand one considering that he was also brilliant, creative, charismatic and handsome. Looking back, his favorite places to live were Paris, Madrid, Toledo, El Paular, and San Jose Purua. He had many women friends but married the actress Jeanne Rucas, whom he filmed in "Diary of a Chambermaid," 1964. She later chose to live in Paris to rear their two boys. In 1972 he received an Academy Award for Best Foreign Film, "The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie."

Circumstances led him into the "talkies", a new art form he quickly and successfully adapted (first filming "Un Chien Andalou," 1928) until the turmoil of the Spanish Civil War forced him out of Madrid. After that he moved back and forth from Mexico and Europe depending on when circumstances were favorable to write and film. Mostly because of his Surrealistic political views and his atheistic stance, his films were often very controversial--depending on when and where they were shown--and people either loved or hated them. He rarely viewed the finished product and couldn't understand why there were misunderstandings about their meanings.

His politics were far left of left, a but he also delighted in pranks, which didn't please the serious Surrealists, so he drifted away from meetings but was a loyal friend to them as well as many painters (Salvador Dali helped conceive "Un Chien Andalou"), writers and poets (Gael Garcia Lorca was one of his best friends), photographers (Man Ray, a fellow Surrealist), actresses (Catherine Deneuve, "Belle de jour 1967) and literally hundreds more, often sparring but usually remaining friends.
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By Marlon on March 13, 2014
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Anyone who enjoys Bunuel films will enjoy this book. He is absolutely natural in his writing so it's a pleasure to read. His life was so interesting and you 'see' his films in a new way after reading this book. I also learned a lot about the war years in Spain, something most WW II histories skip over. Highly recommended.
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Luis Bunuel made amazing movies in three countries (Spain, Mexico, and France) over much of the 20th century. The autobiography fascinated me but be warned, it ain't the whole story. You have to read his wife's book too, Memoirs of a Woman Without a Piano: My Life with Luis Bunuel, to get a better picture. Luis was a film genius but he was also insanely jealous and peculiarly cruel to the woman he married. Despite that, she stayed with him until his death, an indication of how fascinating somebody really talented can be.
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