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Luis Buñuel

Luis Buñuel (22 February 1900 - 29 July 1983 in Mexico City of liver cirrhosis) was a surrealist filmmaker and director whose most famous works include:
  • Un Chien Andalou (The Andalusian Dog)
  • L'Age d'Or
  • Los olvidados
  • Susana
  • Nazarin
  • El
  • El Ángel Exterminador (The exterminating angel)
  • Viridiana
  • Le journal d'une femme de chambre, starring Jeanne Moreau
  • Belle de Jour, starring Catherine Deneuve
  • Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie (The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie)
  • That Obscure Object of Desire, won Academy Award for Best Foreign Language Film
Buñuel had a strict Jesuit education and went to university in Madrid. After that, he moved to Paris to do film-related work. His first movie, Un Chien Andalou (1929), put him into film history due to its shocking imagery, such as the slicing of a woman's eyeball.

He continued using this surreal imagery that found fertile ground in Mexico, famous are his scenes where chickens populate nightmares, women grow beards and aspiring saints are desiried by luscious women.

He married Jeanne Rucar in 1925. Buñuel became a Mexican citizen in 1948. His sons are film-maker Rafael Buñuel and Juan Luis Buñuel.

Note: This profile was written in or before 2004.

Luis Buñuel Facts

Birth NameLuis Buñuel Portolés
BirthdayFebruary 22, 1900
BirthplaceCalanda, Spain
Date of deathJuly 29, 1983 (age 83)

Selected Filmography

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