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My Last Sigh Paperback – September 16, 2003
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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.
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.
[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.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
I absolutely love this book!! I will reread it again and again. He is amazing, and hearing about his extraordinary life in his own words a real treasure!Published 16 months ago by kc
A charming and interesting autobiorgrapy and one learns much about Spain and his college classmates Lorac and Dali.Published 19 months ago by Timothy P. Sullivan
The shipment arrived on time and the order (a book) was in the condition in which it was advertised. In short, I am pleased.Published on December 1, 2009 by Daniel Pyne
As sublimely dry and sophisticated as the martinis whose virtues Bunuel extols, the great Surrealist's breezy, effortlessly charming memoir is a time capsule from a lost world,... Read morePublished on February 11, 2009 by Mark Dery
An interesting short semi-bio, in whuch Luis speaks about his life and the people he has met.Published on December 4, 2005 by William D. Tompkins
"My Last Sigh" is the most enrapturing biography ever left to us by a great filmmaker. Luis Bunuel remains one of the true masters of the cinema, a director with a distinctive... Read morePublished on July 12, 2000 by Robert Blake