Luis Buñuel

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Re: Luis Buñuel

#51 Post by Mooney » Tue May 10, 2016 7:39 pm

Even Bunuel thought she was a bad actress. Taken from the great book, "Objects of Desire: conversations with Luis Bunuel." I can upload more shots of the conversation they have about the movie if anyone is interested? Bunuel says it's one of his most personal films.


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Re: Luis Buñuel

#52 Post by knives » Tue May 10, 2016 8:13 pm

Bad actress doesn't mean bad performance and it sounds like from your excerpt that Bunuel enjoyed the final result even if it was hell to achieve.

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Re: Luis Buñuel

#53 Post by Lemmy Caution » Fri May 20, 2016 2:02 pm

I quite like The Young One and re-watched it for the third time a few months ago.
I like that the girl isn't a professional actress and displays some awkwardness, as she is supposed to have been kept on this island with little schooling or contact with the outside world.

One thing that might throw a viewer is the tone and the way in which the three main characters all have a very different style/presence.
Zachary Scott is hard edged, brutish and shrewd.
The jazz musician/fugitive is more worldly, friendly and slang-spouting.
While the girl is sort of primitive, trusting, a blank slate.

Even though the premise of the film isn't subtle, I like how Bunuel adds some sly contrast. The black jazz musician is falsely accused of rape and so his life is in danger, while the white guy probably is guilty of rape (statutory at least), yet is confident he can sweep it under the rug. And even with the gun, the black man is still at a disadvantage due to cultural norms of the time.

I think Ascent to Heaven, Los Olvidados, and The Young One might be my three favorite Bunuel films.
Has Los Olvidados received a decent release? I saw it projected at the Shanghai Film Fest about 7 years back and assumed that a significant release was soon to follow.

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Re: Luis Buñuel

#54 Post by bottled spider » Fri May 20, 2016 5:49 pm

I'm satisfied with the Fremantle Home Entertainment - Region 0 - PAL DVD of Los Olvidados sold for peanuts on Amazon, in as much as my original exposure to the film was a VHS tape, and its picture quality is better than my copy of Ascent to Heaven.

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Olvidados but not forgotten ...

#55 Post by Lemmy Caution » Sat May 21, 2016 6:03 am

I phrased that poorly.
I don't worry much about picture quality (not a phrase you see at much).
I wanted to ask if:
1) a restored print ever surfaced in the last 5+ years?
2) if otherwise there are older dvd editions readily available?

So you answered my 2nd (unasked question).
Though I'm in China, so not sure if it's worth figuring out how to get something from amazon to me.

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Re: Luis Buñuel

#56 Post by starmanof51 » Wed Dec 20, 2017 3:51 pm

5 minutes into El, and we’ve already got Catholicism and foot fetishes, hell yeah!

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Re: Luis Buñuel

#57 Post by jegharfangetmigenmyg » Sat May 19, 2018 3:50 pm

I just got back from a 35mm screening of Nazarín at the local cinematheque. It looked great. I think the restoration was done in England in 2007 (not sure, though). But even more interesting; it was shown in the intended ratio of 1.66:1. I had only seen Yume's not great (to put it, diplomatically) dvd release of this, and I thought that the 4:3 ratio was just due to them using the negative ratio, but having now seen it in 1.66:1 I can confirm that it's badly cropped, meaning that the left and right sides have been cut off.

This all prompts me to question; what's happening with Bunuel's Mexican output on blu? Still today, the not impressive Criterion release of Exterminating Angel and MOC's Death in the Garden (not one of his best ones) are the only ones available, correct? Clearly, though, HD masters exist, so why aren't they released? I mean, a box set featuring some of his best Mexican films would surely sell, wouldn't it? I find it kind of sad that it's always the later French era that's talked about and re-released, and I was bummed that The Young One was excluded from Studio Canal's new blu-ray box, which now focuses explicitly on his French films only. Of course, I love the French films, but they all feature his by then signature stinging sarcasm and humour, and I think some of his more serious Mexican films succeed exactly because they lack this. Especially Nazarín which I count among his all-time bests.

I suppose that it boils down to rights issues, but then again, many of the films are out on dvd, in UK Yume has released three of them and Mr Bongo has released two or three. I think?

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