13 Great Directors: Luis Bunuel

“A paranoiac, like a poet, is born, not made.”


What Got This Director Here?
: Viridiana.

My Favorite Past Experience Was…: Un Chien Andalou.

What Did I Watch: Viridiana.

Where Does He Fit: Viridiana is a great movie in a very different way from what was expected. Bunuel’s small moments of craziness early on are unsettling, sure, but nothing will prepare you for that demented take on the last summer that represents all of the director’s rage at how the country had become corrupt under Franco, and was hand in hand with the Catholic Church while doing it. It’s weirdly placid up until we get to the grand finale, but I also will confess to some exhaustion while viewing it, so I think a rewatch will be in order at some point.

silvia-pinal-in-viridiana-1961

Most Valuable Asset: Witty metaphors.
Most Excited For: A rewatch of this, then Belle Du Jour.
Did They Deserve a Spot?: Yes.

Coming Up Next: America’s foremost, Martin Scorsese.

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