A Companion to Luis Bunuel presents a collection of critical readings by many of the foremost film scholars that examines and reassesses myriad facets of world-renowned filmmaker Luis Bunuel s life, works, and cinematic themes.
A collection of critical readings that examine and reassess the controversial filmmaker s life, works, and cinematic themes
Features readings from several of the most highly-regarded experts on the cinema of Bunuel
Includes a multidisciplinary range of approaches from experts in film studies, Hispanic studies, Surrealism, and theoretical concepts such as those of Gilles Deleuze
Presents a previously unpublished interview with Luis Bunuel s son, Juan Luis Bunuel
Rob Stone is Professor of European Film in the Department of Art History, Film and Visual Studies at the University of Birmingham where he directs B-Film: The Birmingham Centre for Film Studies. He is the author of Spanish Cinema (2001), The Wounded Throat: Flamenco in the Works of Federico Garcia Lorca and Carlos Saura (2004), Julio Medem (2007) and Walk, Don't Run: The Cinema of Richard Linklater (2013). Julian Daniel Gutierrez Albilla is Assistant Professor of Spanish at the University of Southern California. He has published on a wide range of Hispanic films including articles and chapters in edited works on Pedro Almodovar, Hector Babenco, Luis Bunuel or Lucrecia Martel. He is the author of Queering Bunuel: Sexual Dissidence and Psychoanalysis in his Mexican and Spanish Cinema (2008).
Contributors viii Acknowledgments xviii Introduction: The Criminal Life of Luis Bunuel 1 Rob Stone and Julian Daniel Gutierrez-Albilla Part One An Aragonese Dog 59 1 Interview with Juan Luis Bunuel 61 Rob Stone 2 Luis Bunuel and the Politics of Self-Presentation 79 Julie Jones 3 Bunuel, Master Pyrotechnician: The Role of Firearms in His Cinema 98 Guy H. Wood and Javier Herrera Navarro 4 Bunuel s Critique of Nationalism: A Migratory Aesthetic? 116 Mieke Bal Part Two A Golden Age 139 5 Surreal Souls: Un chien andalou and Early French Film Theory 141 Sarah Cooper 6 Fixed-Explosive: Bunuel s Surrealist Time-Image 156 Ramona Fotiade 7 L Age d or 172 Agustin Sanchez Vidal 8 Bunuel Entomographer: From Las Hurdes to Robinson Crusoe 188 Tom Conley Part Three The Forgotten One 203 9 The Complicit Eye: Directorial and Ocular Paradigms in Luis Bunuel s Mexican Films and Interdisciplinary Visuality (1940s and 1950s) 205 Erica Segre 10 Out of Place, Out of Synch: Errant Movement and Rhythm in Bunuel s Mexican Comedies 226 Tom Whittaker 11 Susana: Melodrama and the Voluptuosity of Destruction 240 Maria Pilar Rodriguez 12 Young Outlaws and Marginal Lives in Latin American Cinema: The Landmark of Bunuel s Los olvidados 255 Ana Morana Part Four Strange Passions 277 13 The Creative Process of Robinson Crusoe: Exile, Loneliness, and Humanism 279 Amparo Martinez Herranz 14 The Cinematic Labor of Affect: Urbanity and Sentimental Education in El bruto and Ensayo de un crimen 302 Geoffrey Kantaris 15 Stars in the Wilderness: La Mort en ce jardin 324 Sarah Leahy 16 Transitional Triptych: The Traps of International Cinemas in Bunuel s Cela s appelle l aurore, La Mort en ce jardin, and La Fievre monte a El Pao 340 Ernesto R. Acevedo-Munoz 17 Bunuel Goes Medieval: From Sewing to Cervantes and the Vagina Dentata 362 Sherry Velasco Part Five An Exterminating Angel 379 18 The Galdos Intertext in Viridiana 381 Sally Faulkner 19 Spectral Cinema: Le Journal d une femme de chambre 399 Kate Griffiths 20 Between God and the Machine: Bunuel s Cine-Miracles 414 Libby Saxton 21 The Road and the Room: Narrative Drive in the Films of Luis Bunuel 431 Marsha Kinder Part Six Discretion and Desire 455 22 On a Road to Nowhere: Parodic Movement as Time-Image in La Voie lactee and Le Charme discret de la bourgeoisie 457 Sheldon Penn 23 The Intertextual Presence of Lewis Carroll s Alice in Belle de jour 479 Arnaud Duprat de Montero 24 Splitting Doubles: Angela Molina and the Art of Screen Acting in Cet obscur objet du desir 494 Peter William Evans 25 Bunuel and Historical Reason 509 Cristina Moreiras-Menor 26 Through a Fractal Lens: New Perspectives on the Narratives of Luis Bunuel 518 Wendy Everett Part Seven And in the Spring 535 27 Mutilation, Misogyny, and Murder: Surrealist Violence or Torture Porn? 537 Paul Begin 28 Inside/Outside: Space and Sexual Behavior in Belle de jour and La Pianiste 554 Jimmy Hay 29 Surrealist Legacies: The Inf luence of Luis Bunuel s Irrationality on Hiroshi Teshigahara s Documentary-fantasy 572 Felicity Gee 30 Luis Bunuel s Angel and Maya Deren s Meshes: Trance and the Cultural Imaginary 590 Susan McCabe Filmography 608 Index 624