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A provocative memoir from Luis Buñuel, the Academy Award winning creator of some of modern cinema's most important films, from Un Chien Andalou to The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie.

Luis Buñuel’s films have the power to shock, inspire, and reinvent our world. Now, in a memoir that carries all the surrealism and subversion of his cinema, Buñuel turns his artistic gaze inward. In swift and generous prose, Buñuel traces the surprising contours of his life, from the Good Friday drumbeats of his childhood to the dreams that inspired his most famous films to his turbulent friendships with Federico García Lorca and Salvador Dalí. His personal narratives also encompass the pressing political issues of his time, many of which still haunt us today—the specter of fascism, the culture wars, the nuclear bomb. Filled with film trivia, framed by Buñuel’s intellect and wit, this is essential reading for fans of cinema and for anyone who has ever wanted to see the world through a surrealist’s eyes.

"May be quite simply the loveliest testament ever left by a film director." —The New York Times Book Review"One of the best books ever offered by a moviemaker. Buñuel is the proper human landmark for a moment when Europe met America and the schemes of religion, property, and progress were reassessed as dreams." —The New Republic Luis Buñuel (1900–1983) was one of the twentieth century’s greatest filmmakers. His many credits include Un Chien Andalou (1924), which he conceived with Salvador Dalí, and The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972), which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film.

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  • PDF | 288 pages
  • Luis Bunuel(Author)
  • Vintage; Reprint edition (March 26, 2013)
  • English
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  • By J. Bielawski on August 16, 2000

    The US edition has curious omissions compared to the French original. In one omitted passage (IIRC) Bunuel mentions a postcard he received from Andrzej Wajda. It would be nice if the fine print for the book included "Portions of the original have been omitted for this edition." The recent Ken Mogg's book on Alfred Hitchcock has also been shortened for the American market. I find it quite annoying.

  • By RosesRed on October 6, 2017

    An oddball memoir, a bit scattered, and a great insight into Bunuel's very interesting life written in his own words. There were a few times when I cringed some in reaction to what I was reading - stories of his affairs and relationships with women. Even so, I highly recommend this.

  • By M. Fris on January 23, 2008

    This book has stayed with me like few other things, since reading it many years ago. I often find occasion to quote from it; brilliantly witty, charming, scathing and life affirming all at once. Bunuel led an unusual life, but his autobiography is filled with universal truths to which any reader can immediately relate. Buy it at once, and you will find yourself reaching for it often...

  • By William D. Tompkins on December 4, 2005

    An interesting short semi-bio, in whuch Luis speaks about his life and the people he has met.

  • By A customer on May 19, 1998

    The late, great, Luis Buñuel's memoir is one of my 3 favorite books in all the world. Bunuel does not hesitate to be frank about his deepest thoughts and fears, and in doing so, illuminates his superb and unique place in cinema history. This book should forever dispel the notion that Buñuel was an "intellectual" filmmaker. Indeed, no other filmmaker has ever had so pure an id-directed vision. There are other rewards as well, in Buñuel's accounts of his andalusian youth and introduction to the surrealists, and his friendships with Federico Garcia Lorca and Salvador Dali. A genuine delight of a read!

  • By A customer on February 3, 1998

    This great read follows Luis Bunuel from childhood in Spain to Paris,where he and his friend Salvador Dali joined the surrealist group & made the first surreal film to Mexico, where he waited out Spain's Franco Years,as well as helping the resistance. And there's many words on his films and his ideas about everything from crowds to violence and fetishes. An excellent read.

  • By Guest on March 13, 2014

    Anyone who enjoys Bunuel films will enjoy this book. He is absolutely natural in his writing so it's a pleasure to read. His life was so interesting and you 'see' his films in a new way after reading this book. I also learned a lot about the war years in Spain, something most WW II histories skip over. Highly recommended.

  • By A customer on October 15, 1998

    Luis Bunuel pours out his beliefs, whether right or wrong. It raises questions on faith and leaves the reader with the feeling that there is no single truth to anything and everything. It is a poetic book on discovery of life and self.


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