DNR Filmclub | Tribute to Luis Buñuel

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Simon of the Desert (1965), Los Olvidados (1950)

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Buñuel’s satire is one of the master filmmaker’s most renowned works of surrealism.

Tribute to Luis Buñuel
The father of cinematic Surrealism and one of the most original directors in the history of the film medium, Luis Buñuel was given a strict Jesuit education (which sowed the seeds of his obsession with both religion and subversive behavior), and subsequently moved to Madrid to study at the university there, where his close friends included Salvador Dalí and Federico García Lorca. After years of working alternately in his native Spain, the United States, and Mexico, Buñuel made most of his late films in France, combining surrealist non sequiturs with attacks on the bourgeoisie, the church, and social hypocrisy in general. During March we will screen five of his masterpieces. 

Simon of the Desert (1965)
Simon of the Desert is Luis Buñuel’s wicked and wild take on the life of devoted ascetic Saint Simeon Stylites, who waited atop a pillar surrounded by a barren landscape for six years, six months, and six days, in order to prove his devotion to God. Yet the devil, in the figure of the beautiful Silvia Pinal, huddles below, trying to tempt him down. A skeptic’s vision of human conviction, Buñuel’s short and sweet satire is one of the master filmmaker’s most renowned works of surrealism.

Los Olvidados (1950)
Unforgettable, powerful, stark portrait of poor and abandoned kids (and adults) fighting for survival in slums of Mexico City. A realistic film with amazing surrealistic sequences, "Los Olvidados" remains to this day one of the most visceral, crude, revolutionary and important films ever made.

Both films are in Spanish with English subtitles.