Cet obscur objet du désir/That Obscure Object of Desire (Luis Buñuel, 1977)
Buñuel’s technique
in Spanish cinema 1973–2010
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Luis Bunuel is one of the major auteurs of cinema. Film theatres and television channels around the world devote seasons to his films, the presses roll with analyses of his work and references to his 'mastery' are routine. His technical achievement is the bedrock on which his ideas and vision depend for their impact. This chapter focuses on a technical analysis of his last film, Cet obscur objet du désir/That Obscure Object of Desire, in order to prove that point. The transparency of Bunuel's filming style is crucial in creating an effect of realism to anchor the subversive quality of his idiosyncratic narrative, and his standard way with establishing shots precisely demonstrates this point. The chapter also discusses Bunuel's mastery over other techniques such as montage, narrative structure, and metadiegetic communication through his choice of metaphorical objects.

Spanish cinema 1973–2010

Auteurism, politics, landscape and memory

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