Movie Night in O'Neill
(Movie Night Archive)
Tuesday, April 27
7-9 p.m.
O'Neill 211


A film from Luis Bunuel's twenty year period of making films in Mexico.  Introduced by Sam Price, honors program '99, who will conduct a discussion of the film after the screening as well.

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Dennis Harvey, San Francisco Bay Guardian, May 20, 1998 provides an introduction to the possible film to be shown:

                    'Buñuel in Mexico,'
                    Thurs/21, Yerba Buena
                    Center for the Arts

                    SAN FRANCISCO Cinematheque's four-part
                    "FilmStories: Filmmakers on Film" series
                    continues with Buñuel in Mexico, an hour-long
                    documentary by France's Emilio Maillé that
                    intrigued me more than ever about Luis Buñuel's
                    prolific two-decade Mexican period. It was
                    interesting to see that his first
                    post-Eurofascist-flight features there were baldly
                    commercial necessities (flop musical and hit
                    comedy, respectively). Subsequent to Los
                    olvidados, which is satisfyingly dwelt on here --
                    including rediscovered footage of an "alternative"
                    happy ending -- Buñuel made 18 further Mexican
                    titles, yet remained a controversial, always
                    perilously funded figure in this very Catholic land.
                    Too few of those films are given much
                    screen-time shrift (obvious ones like Viridiana and
                    Simon of the Desert being exceptions). Why he
                    left in 1965 is also left unexplored -- did Mexico
                    no longer want him, as implied here? Or was it
                    because Europe by then was ready to give him
                    carte blanche? There are enjoyable interviews
                    with surviving actors (most of whom confess to
                    finding him cold) and others. Even if the expatriate
                    artiste himself emerges just cagily -- perhaps as
                    he'd have liked -- Buñuel in Mexico is a
                    fascinating insight into a major artist's neglected
                    career midstretch between better-chronicled eras.
                    It's followed by Buñuel's '58 Nazarin, a relentless
                    portrait of a would-be saintly priest and how
                    poorly his efforts serve a very real-world

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