Luis Buñuel’s final film explodes with eroticism, bringing full circle the director’s lifelong preoccupation with the darker side of desire. Buñuel regular Fernando Rey plays Mathieu, an urbane widower, tortured by his lust for the elusive Conchita. With subversive flare, Buñuel uses two different actresses in the lead—Carole Bouquet, a sophisticated French beauty, and Angela Molina, a Spanish coquette. Drawn from Pierre Louÿs’s 1898 novel, La Femme et le Pantin, That Obscure Object of Desire is a dizzying game of sexual politics punctuated by a terror that harkens back to Buñuel’s brilliant surrealistic beginnings. —The Criterion Collection
Although regarded as the greatest artist of Spanish cinema Luis Buñuel only made three films that are Spanish by nationality. His exile from his homeland at the end of the Spanish Civil War resulted in extended periods in Mexico and France. Despite this displacement, Spain was never far from Buñuel’s mind. The peasant culture of the villages of Calanda and Zaragoza, many of them dating to the Middle-Ages, greatly influenced his imagination during his childhood. The Spanish literary tradition, represented by Lope de Vega, Cervantes and the writers of picaresque stories, remained constant touchstones. Strongest of all was the distinctly Spanish nature of his Catholicism; he would retain its influence long after he renounced the teachings of the Church. At the University of Madrid his friendship with poet Federico Garcia Lorca and painter Salvador Dalí would play a major role in the avant-garde of the 1920s. It was during this period that he discovered the works of Sigmund Freud. His insight… read more
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Seems restrained at first but it is a very cerebral film dealing with humanity's inability to rationalize its more primitive desires. The casting of the two actresses is testament to the duality inherit in a given person. The political strife that unfolds in the background is used to a great effect, where even acts of terrorism seem secondary to the complexity of desire. Masterpiece but needs another watch.
Thoughts on Luis Buñuel’s That Obscure Object of Desire? I am still in the process of digesting this but unlike Belle de Jour which I instantly loved, this film is still in that genius/pretentious… read review
An aging man on a departing train dumps a bucket of water over the head of a young girl with a beat up face. So begins That Obscure Object of Desire, the final film of surrealist master Luis… read review