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Luis Bunuel: The Red Years, 1929-1939 (Wisconsin Film Studies)

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Synopsis:

The turbulent years of the 1930s were of profound importance in the life of Spanish film director Luis Buñuel (1900–1983). He joined the Surrealist movement in 1929 but by 1932 had renounced it and embraced Communism. During the Spanish Civil War (1936–39), he played an integral role in disseminating film propaganda in Paris for the Spanish Republican cause.

    Luis Buñuel: The Red Years, 1929–1939 investigates Buñuel’s commitment to making the politicized documentary Land without Bread (1933) and his key role as an executive producer at Filmófono in Madrid, where he was responsible in 1935–36 for making four commercial features that prefigure his work in Mexico after 1946. As for the republics of France and Spain between which Buñuel shuttled during the 1930s, these became equally embattled as left and right totalitarianisms fought to wrest political power away from a debilitated capitalism.

    Where it exists, the literature on this crucial decade of the film director’s life is scant and relies on Buñuel’s own self-interested accounts of that complex period. Román Gubern and Paul Hammond have undertaken extensive archival research in Europe and the United States and evaluated Buñuel’s accounts and those of historians and film writers to achieve a portrait of Buñuel’s “Red Years” that abounds in new information.

About the Author

Román Gubern is professor at the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona and has been a guest researcher at MIT. He is author of numerous screenplays for film and television and of more than forty books on cinema, popular culture, and semiotics, including 1936–1939: La Guerra de España en la pantalla. Paul Hammond is author and editor of several books, including The Shadow and Its Shadow: Surrealist Writings on the Cinema. Among his many translations is A Panorama of American Film Noir by Borde and Chaumeton. Both authors live in Barcelona.

Table of Contents

List of Illustrations   

List of Abbreviations   

 

Introduction   

1 The Militant Surrealist   

2 The Production of L'Âge d'or   

3 A Fecund Scandal   

4 A Brief Stay in Hollywood: November 1930 to February 1931   

5 The Coming of the Spanish Second Republic   

6 A Stormy Year: May 1931 to June 1932   

7 Time-Serving at Paramount-Joinville   

8 The Mutations of L'Âge d'or and Other Projects   

9 From Las Hurdes to Terre sans pain   

10 Dubbing at Warner Bros.   

11 Commerce, Art, and Politics   

12 Filmófono   

13 The Outbreak of the Spanish Civil War   

14 A Two-Year Mission in Paris: September 1936 to September 1938   

 

Notes   

Bibliography   

Index

Product Details

ISBN:
9780299284749
Author:
Gubern, Roman
Publisher:
University of Wisconsin Press
Author:
Hammond, Paul
Subject:
Film - Direction & Production
Subject:
Film and Television-Production
Copyright:
Edition Description:
1
Series:
Wisconsin Film Studies
Publication Date:
20120131
Binding:
TRADE PAPER
Language:
English
Illustrations:
44 illus.
Pages:
472
Dimensions:
9 x 6 in

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The turbulent years of the 1930s were of profound importance in the life of Spanish film director Luis Buñuel (1900–1983). He joined the Surrealist movement in 1929 but by 1932 had renounced it and embraced Communism. During the Spanish Civil War (1936–39), he played an integral role in disseminating film propaganda in Paris for the Spanish Republican cause.

    Luis Buñuel: The Red Years, 1929–1939 investigates Buñuel’s commitment to making the politicized documentary Land without Bread (1933) and his key role as an executive producer at Filmófono in Madrid, where he was responsible in 1935–36 for making four commercial features that prefigure his work in Mexico after 1946. As for the republics of France and Spain between which Buñuel shuttled during the 1930s, these became equally embattled as left and right totalitarianisms fought to wrest political power away from a debilitated capitalism.

    Where it exists, the literature on this crucial decade of the film director’s life is scant and relies on Buñuel’s own self-interested accounts of that complex period. Román Gubern and Paul Hammond have undertaken extensive archival research in Europe and the United States and evaluated Buñuel’s accounts and those of historians and film writers to achieve a portrait of Buñuel’s “Red Years” that abounds in new information.

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