I give a lot of love to a lot of directors here at TDYLF. But there’s one that I don’t feature nearly enough. Luis Buñuel is my second favorite filmmaker, just behind Ingmar Bergman. His most iconic scene, from Un Chien Andalou, is celebrated in my primary header (if playfully, with C3PO’s mug photoshopped in). His early films are a visual feast, and his middle and late-period films are catnip for nerdy intellectuals. He’s sort of the sociologist’s filmmaker, taking every facet of society and social behavior, and stripping it down to nothing in a humorous way. Having said all of that, I realize that not a lot of people are familiar with Buñuel and his films. I’ve put together a quick infographic with some fast facts about the wily Spaniard.
It’s probably worth noting that there’s not a ton of info here. There are two reasons for that. When it comes to Buñuel, it’s best to let the visuals play and not get bogged down in numbers. As such, the soon-to-be-sliced eyeball, the cover of The Phantom of Liberty, and even the subtle screen of the hobo Last Supper recreation from Viridiana appear more prominently. The other reason is that… well, Buñuel actually said that he hated statistics. It would’ve felt wrong to honor him by cramming a bunch of stats together.
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