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Luis Buñuel Portolés
1900 – 1983
Spanish filmmaker, naturalised Mexican in 1949,who worked in France, Mexico and Spain.
Often associated with the surrealist movement of the 1920s, Buñuel created films from the 1920s through the 1970s. His work spans two continents, three languages, and an array of genres, including experimental film, documentary, melodrama, satire, musical, erotica, comedy, romance, costume dramas, fantasy, crime film, adventure, and western. Despite this variety, filmmaker John Huston believed that, regardless of genre, a Buñuel film is so distinctive as to be instantly recognizable or, as Ingmar Bergman put it, "Buñuel nearly always made Buñuel films". His first picture, Un Chien Andalo was called "the most famous short film ever made" and his last film, That Obscure Object of Desire—made 48 years later—won him Best Director awards.
Buñuel's technique of filmmaking was strongly influenced by mise-en-scene, sound editing and use of music. The influences on his filmmaking have included a positive relationship to surrealism and a critical approach to atheism and religion. Buñuel's style of directing was extremely economical; he shot films in a few weeks, rarely deviating from his script (the scene in Tristana where Catherine Deneuve exposes her breasts to Saturno – but not the audience – being a noted exception) and shooting as much as possible in order to minimize editing time. He remained true throughout his working life to an operating philosophy that he articulated at the beginning of his career in 1928: "The guiding idea, the silent procession of images that are concrete, decisive, measured in space and time—in a word, the film—was first projected inside the brain of the filmmaker". #wordobird #bunuel #film #surrealism #space #time #dali #spain #mexico #france #experimental #satire #documentary #musical #erotic #image #shortfilm #film #art #philosophy #avantgarde #instagood #shooting #editing #camera #inspirationalquotes