Synopses & Reviews
The fascinating and frank autobiography of the celebrated surrealist film director.
Luis Buñuel lived many lives surrealist, Spanish Civil War propagandist, hedonist, friend of artists and poets, and filmmaker. With surprising candor and wit, Buñuel offers his sometimes scathing opinions on the literati and avant-garde members of his sweeping social circle, including Pablo Picasso, Jorge Luis Borges, Salvador Dalí, and Federico García Lorca. These colorful stories of his nomadic life reveal a man of stunning imagination and influence.
May be quite simply the loveliest testament ever left by a film director." New York Times Book Review
"Memories recounted with charm, firm opinions, and an utter lack of pretension....The self-portrait of a beautiful dreamer." Newsweek
"One of the best books ever offered by a moviemaker. Buñuel is the proper human landmark for a moment when Europe met America and the schemes of religion, property, and progress were reassessed as dreams." The New Republic
"Essential reading for anyone who aspires to a better understanding of Buñuel's films." Philadelphia Inquirer
"Buñuel's memoir is not a look back at a brilliant career but rather a collection of reminiscences assembled at the end of a lifetime. There is little discussion of his films in these pages; instead, Buñuel relates the extraordinary life that framed the filmmaker's work....For such an iconic individual as Buñuel, his autobiography is surprisingly without ego but with plenty of soul." Francesca Gavin, Boldtype
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About the Author
Luis Buñuel (19001983) was one of the twentieth century's greatest filmmakers. His many credits include Un Chien andalou (1924), which he conceived with Salvador Dalí, and The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972), which won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film.