A Companion to Luis Buuel


A Companion to Luis Bu?uel presents a collection of critical readings by many of the foremost film scholars that examines and reassesses myriad facets of world-renowned filmmaker Luis Bu?uel?s life, works, and cinematic themes.

  • A collection of critical readings that examine and reassess the controversial filmmaker?s life, works, and cinematic themes
  • Features readings from several of the most highly-regarded ...
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A Companion to Luis Buñuel presents a collection of critical readings by many of the foremost film scholars that examines and reassesses myriad facets of world-renowned filmmaker Luis Buñuel’s life, works, and cinematic themes.

  • A collection of critical readings that examine and reassess the controversial filmmaker’s life, works, and cinematic themes
  • Features readings from several of the most highly-regarded experts on the cinema of Buñuel
  • Includes a multidisciplinary range of approaches from experts in film studies, Hispanic studies, Surrealism, and theoretical concepts such as those of Gilles Deleuze
  • Presents a previously unpublished interview with Luis Buñuel’s son, Juan Luis Buñuel
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"This attractive and meticulously produced companion is a major contribution to Buñuel studies ... Summing Up: Highly recommended. All Bunuel scholars and specialized collections." (Choice, 1 November 2013)
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Meet the Author

Rob Stone is Professor of European Film in the Department of Art History, Film and Visual Studies at the University of Birmingham where he directs B-Film: The Birmingham Centre for Film Studies. He is the author of Spanish Cinema (2001), The Wounded Throat: Flamenco in the Works of Federico García Lorca and Carlos Saura (2004), Julio Medem (2007) and Walk, Don't Run: The Cinema of Richard Linklater (2013).

Julián Daniel Gutiérrez Albilla is Assistant Professor of Spanish at the University of Southern California. He has published on a wide range of Hispanic films including articles and chapters in edited works on Pedro Almodóvar, Hector Babenco, Luis Buñuel or Lucrecia Martel. He is the author of Queering Buñuel: Sexual Dissidence and Psychoanalysis in his Mexican and Spanish Cinema (2008).

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Table of Contents

Contributors viii

Acknowledgments xviii

Introduction: The “Criminal” Life of Luis Buñuel 1
Rob Stone and Julián Daniel Gutiérrez-Albilla

Part One An Aragonese Dog 59

1 Interview with Juan Luis Buñuel 61
Rob Stone

2 Luis Buñuel and the Politics of Self-Presentation 79
Julie Jones

3 Buñuel, Master Pyrotechnician: The Role of Firearms in His Cinema 98
Guy H. Wood and Javier Herrera Navarro

4 Buñuel’s Critique of Nationalism: A Migratory Aesthetic? 116
Mieke Bal

Part Two A Golden Age 139

5 Surreal Souls: Un chien andalou and Early French Film Theory 141
Sarah Cooper

6 Fixed-Explosive: Buñuel’s Surrealist Time-Image 156
Ramona Fotiade

7 L’Âge d’or 172
Agustín Sánchez Vidal

8 Buñuel Entomographer: From Las Hurdes to Robinson Crusoe 188
Tom Conley

Part Three The Forgotten One 203

9 The Complicit Eye: Directorial and Ocular Paradigms in Luis Buñuel’s Mexican Films and Interdisciplinary Visuality (1940s and 1950s) 205
Erica Segre

10 Out of Place, Out of Synch: Errant Movement and Rhythm in Buñuel’s Mexican Comedies 226
Tom Whittaker

11 Susana: Melodrama and the Voluptuosity of Destruction 240
María Pilar Rodríguez

12 Young Outlaws and Marginal Lives in Latin American Cinema: The Landmark of Buñuel’s Los olvidados 255
Ana Moraña

Part Four Strange Passions 277

13 The Creative Process of Robinson Crusoe: Exile, Loneliness, and Humanism 279
Amparo Martínez Herranz

14 The Cinematic Labor of Affect: Urbanity and Sentimental Education in El bruto and Ensayo de un crimen 302
Geoffrey Kantaris

15 Stars in the Wilderness: La Mort en ce jardin 324
Sarah Leahy

16 Transitional Triptych: The Traps of International Cinemas in Buñuel’s Cela s’appelle l’aurore, La Mort en ce jardin, and La Fièvre monte à El Pao 340
Ernesto R. Acevedo-Muñoz

17 Buñuel Goes Medieval: From Sewing to Cervantes and the Vagina Dentata 362
Sherry Velasco

Part Five An Exterminating Angel 379

18 The Galdós Intertext in Viridiana 381
Sally Faulkner

19 Spectral Cinema: Le Journal d’une femme de chambre 399
Kate Griffiths

20 Between God and the Machine: Buñuel’s Cine-Miracles 414
Libby Saxton

21 The Road and the Room: Narrative Drive in the Films of Luis Buñuel 431
Marsha Kinder

Part Six Discretion and Desire 455

22 On a Road to Nowhere: Parodic Movement as Time-Image in La Voie lactée and Le Charme discret de la bourgeoisie 457
Sheldon Penn

23 The Intertextual Presence of Lewis Carroll’s Alice in Belle de jour 479
Arnaud Duprat de Montero

24 Splitting Doubles: Ángela Molina and the Art of Screen Acting in Cet obscur objet du désir 494
Peter William Evans

25 Buñuel and Historical Reason 509
Cristina Moreiras-Menor

26 Through a Fractal Lens: New Perspectives on the Narratives of Luis Buñuel 518
Wendy Everett

Part Seven And in the Spring 535

27 Mutilation, Misogyny, and Murder: Surrealist Violence or Torture Porn? 537
Paul Begin

28 Inside/Outside: Space and Sexual Behavior in Belle de jour and La Pianiste 554
Jimmy Hay

29 Surrealist Legacies: The Inf luence of Luis Buñuel’s “Irrationality” on Hiroshi Teshigahara’s “Documentary-fantasy” 572
Felicity Gee

30 Luis Buñuel’s Angel and Maya Deren’s Meshes: Trance and the Cultural Imaginary 590
Susan McCabe

Filmography 608

Index 624

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