Luis BuÃ±uel's final film explodes with eroticism, bringing full circle the director's lifelong preoccupation with the darker side of desire. BuÃ±uel regular Fernando Rey plays Mathieu, an urbane widower, tortured by his lust for the elusive Conchita. With subversive flare, BuÃ±uel uses two different actresses in the lead- Carole Bouquet, a sophisticated French beauty, and Angela Molina, a Spanish coquette. Drawn from Pierre LouÃ¿s' 1898 novel, La Femme et le Pantin, That Obscure Object of Desire is a dizzying game of sexual politics punctuated by a terror that harkens back to BuÃ±uel's brilliant surrealistic beginnings.
Video interview with screenwriter Jean-Claude CarriÃ¨re
Excerpts from Jacques de Baroncelli's 1929 silent film, La Femme et le Pantin, an alternative film adaptation of the book on which BuÃ±uel based his film