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Product Details

  • Paperback: 268 pages
  • Publisher: Univ Of Minnesota Press; 1st University of Minnesota Press Ed edition (September 16, 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816643873
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816643875
  • Product Dimensions: 5.5 x 1.3 x 8.4 inches
  • Shipping Weight: 8.5 ounces
  • Average Customer Review: 4.9 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (16 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #1,040,082 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Text: English, French (translation) --This text refers to an out of print or unavailable edition of this title.

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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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This may be my favorite book written by a filmmaker.
Scott Spires
This is the fourth copy of this book that I have purchased since I first read it in 1985.
David Harshbarger
This book is deep, touching, provoking, and it's amazingly well written.
Ianko López Ortiz de Artiñano

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33 of 34 people found the following review helpful By J. Bielawski on August 16, 2000
Format: Paperback
The US edition has curious omissions compared to the French original. In one omitted passage (IIRC) Bunuel mentions a postcard he received from Andrzej Wajda. It would be nice if the fine print for the book included "Portions of the original have been omitted for this edition." The recent Ken Mogg's book on Alfred Hitchcock has also been shortened for the American market. I find it quite annoying.
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24 of 25 people found the following review helpful By Daniel Fineberg on September 15, 2003
Format: Paperback
Bunuel gave some interviews towards the end of his life discussing his long list of movies. That's why I was delighted to find that his autobiography--which is one of the greatest, if not the greatest by a filmmaker--does not dwell on them. Instead Don Luis chronicles his childhood and upbringing, the relationships he cultivated, and meditates on life, love, death, art, alcohol and cigarettes. Many of the stories from his younger days are even more surreal than his movies. He writes in detail about his stormy friendships with Garcia Lorca and Dali, about his half-hearted attempt to try Hollywood on for size, meetings with Hitchcock, Fritz Lang, and others. The book is not somber or sentimental, it's not over-inflated. Bunuel's voice does not intimidate, it soothes. He's a master storyteller, a very gifted and generous writer.
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13 of 13 people found the following review helpful By Scott Spires on November 21, 2001
Format: Hardcover
Writings by film directors tend to resemble their films, and "My Last Sigh" is no exception. Bunuel's films are anarchic, funny, unpredictable, subversive, and often disturbing in a way that's hard to pin down. So is this, his autobiography!
Though he disclaims literary talent, Bunuel turns out to be a wonderful writer, and the book is stuffed with piquant anecdotes and elegant observations. I'm afraid to quote examples, because this review would go on forever. Suffice to say that, if you could choose to live any person's life, Bunuel's would be a hard choice to beat, just for the adventure and entertainment value. This may be my favorite book written by a filmmaker.
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7 of 7 people found the following review helpful By Indradeep Ghosh on February 14, 2000
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I decided to read this book after being completely baffled by The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie. I thought reading the book might help me find the rational narrative that the film seemed to have lacked. This book has turned my conception about art on its head. It clarifies and illuminates. It also amuses.
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6 of 6 people found the following review helpful By Ianko López Ortiz de Artiñano on February 4, 2000
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I can say this book changed my life when I read it. I was eighteen years old and loved Buñuel's wild, masterful films, but as soon as I read this book I realized his life had been another masterpiece, just as the poet Federico García Lorca (one of Buñuel's closest friends) was a masterpiece himself. This book is deep, touching, provoking, and it's amazingly well written. You can see life in it. You get to know a man in search for freedom, full of passion and contradictions. A marxist bourgeois, a christian atheist, a brute dilettant who enjoyed classical music and rude jokes. One of the most talented men of our era. An enigma. A genius.
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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By J. Park on June 4, 2002
Format: Hardcover
As a young person, don Luis helped me find my way out of the hormone fog, ... authoritarian adults and their institutions, and equally lost peers. Years later upon reading MY LAST SIGH, I was not surprised at all at the depth of don Luis' humanity and intelligence.
Nevermind the moniker "filmmaker" when talking about don Luis; he is an artist's artist. With his autobio, he only confirms what an equally supreme being he was. I miss him. However, encounter this book and become lit by life itself.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By J. Anderson on January 4, 2009
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I find Bunuel is a director that one tends to either love or hate, and that this opinion is usually based upon the viewing of his (arguably) most famous film, "The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie."

[I saw this film more than thirty years ago when I was in college, and I can't say that I was much impressed. In fact, I distinctly recall walking out of the theater wondering what the hell it was all about.]

Surprisingly (given my tepid emotions towards Bunuel-the-filmmaker), one day I happened to pick up his autobiography, "My Last Sigh," and I quickly found myself captivated by Bunuel's storytelling.

From his descriptions of the medieval-like life in the town of his youth to his adventures with the Surrealists (as well as his recipe for the perfect martini), Bunuel is a gifted raconteur, and this has become one of my favorite books to read and re-read.

The book was originally published in French. Never the less, the English translation (by Abigail Israel in the edition I have) is a joy to read -- giving the impression that English, and not French, was the book's original language.

Finally...despite the much deeper appreciation of Bunuel that I now have, I have to admit that I'm still not a great fan of "The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie." However, I have since had a chance to see some of his other films (such as Viridiana) and have very much enjoyed them.
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3 of 3 people found the following review helpful By M. Fris on January 23, 2008
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This book has stayed with me like few other things, since reading it many years ago. I often find occasion to quote from it; brilliantly witty, charming, scathing and life affirming all at once. Bunuel led an unusual life, but his autobiography is filled with universal truths to which any reader can immediately relate. Buy it at once, and you will find yourself reaching for it often...
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