Highlighting the sly, subversive wit and cool but compassionate intelligence of the great Spanish director.
After kickstarting his career with a couple of controversial collaborations with Salvador Dalí – and both Un Chien andalou and L’Age d’or retain the capacity to shock audiences even today – the Spanish director Luis Buñuel established himself as the cinema’s preeminent surrealist with a series of superb films made in Mexico in the 1950s and early ’60s.
But Buñuel is best known for the films made after his return to Europe in the ’60s, where more generous budgets enabled him to work in colour with top cinematographers, with the brilliantly imaginative writer Jean-Claude Carrière, and with many of the biggest European stars of the time. Our films from Buñuel’s ‘mature’ period highlight his sly subversive wit, his cool but compassionate intelligence, and his astute understanding of the often perverse, irrational but always intriguing aspects of human fear and desire.
- Geoff Andrew
Comedy197297 minsDirector: Luis Buñuel
Luis Buñuel's Oscar®-winning black comedy follows a group of wealthy friends who, for increasingly absurd and fanciful reasons, cannot manage to have a meal.
Drama197095 minsDirector: Luis Buñuel
A young orphan is sexually initiated by her older uncle, launching a cycle of imprisonment, hatred, and vengeance, in Luis Buñuel’s haunting study of sexual politics.
Animation & Artists Moving Image192816 minsSilentDirector: Luis Buñuel
A scabrous study of desire, the subconscious and anti-clericalism - Buñuel and Dalí’s provocative first film is a classic of Surrealist cinema.
Drama1967100 minsDirector: Luis Buñuel
Luis Buñuel's provocative classic about a bored and neglected housewife (Catherine Deneuve) risks her reputation to take up a daring new hobby.
Action and Adventure195699 minsDirector: Luis Buñuel
A band of fugitives are forced to flee for their lives into the jungle in this subversive adventure tale from cinema's master provocateur, Luis Buñuel.