Luis Buñuel, an Introduction

Luis Buñuel, an Introduction

Luis Buñuel, an Introduction

Luis Buñuel, an Introduction

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One evening in 1928 a group of surrealist artists gathered at the Ursulines Theater in Paris for a private screening of a recently completed film by Man Ray, Le Mystère du Château de Dé. Afterward, André Breton and the others were discussing it enthusiastically when the owner of the theater suggested that they stay another fifteen minutes to see a new film brought in the day before by two young Spaniards.

The film shown to Man Ray and his guests that night was Un Chien Andalou, the first work of Luis Buñuel, whose co-director was none other than Salvador Dali.

Buñuel was sitting behind the screen during the projection, nervously fingering some stones in his pocket while he waited to see how these men, whom he already thought of as old friends, would react. They were greatly impressed and immediately recognized Buñuel as one of them. That night Buñuel and his film joined forces with surrealism in the beginning of an important and complex relationship. At the same time, Buñuel's very special view of the world began to transform film. Spain and the dream, the suprareal and the magical, invaded the camera obscura.

At a time when experimental film-making was bogged down in pure abstraction, dry technique, and "depth" psychology, a Buñuel was needed.

Today he is needed more than ever.

Tomorrow he will be the basis of a cinema that is responsive to the essential changes which the space age has brought about in our physical, social, moral, and spiritual world.

But let's turn back the clock.

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