Films of Luis Bu�uel Subjectivity and Desire

ISBN-10: 0198159064
ISBN-13: 9780198159063
Edition: 1995 (Movie Tie-In)
List price: $93.00
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Book details

List price: $93.00
Copyright year: 1995
Publisher: Oxford University Press, Incorporated
Publication date: 5/25/1995
Binding: Paperback
Pages: 214
Size: 5.50" wide x 8.50" long x 0.75" tall
Weight: 0.682
Language: English

This is a major new study of the films of Luis Bunuel, surrealist scourge of the bourgeoisie and enduring influence on European cinema. Uniquely, the book offers an extended analysis of Buuel's films in the context of contemporary debates in film studies, focusing in particular on questions of subjectivity and desire. Throughout, Buuel's films are viewed as both the brilliant, subversive expressions of the director's fantasies and obsessions and as reflections of wider cultural norms and preoccupations. Making use of psychoanalysis and gender theory, Peter Evans explores Buuel's characteristic thematics of transgression and his status as exile or outsider. The whole range of his work is discussed, from the critically neglected `bread and butter' Mexican melodramas of the 1950s to such classics of European cinema as The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, That Obscure Object of Desire, and Belle de Jour. Accessible, lively, and compelling, The Films of Luis Buuel provides a much-needed revaluation of one of the world's greatest film-makers.

List of Plates
Introduction
Roads to and from the Abyss: Le Charme discret de la bourgeoisie and the Comedy of Desire
Family Romances: Bunuel's Mexican Melodramas
Susana: The Daughter's Seduction
Una mujer sin amor and Romantic Love
Los olvidados and the 'Uncanny'
Male Desire
Ensayo de un crimen and Oedipality
El: Fetishism and Paranoia
Cet obscur objet du desir and Sado-masochism
Female Desire
Le Journal d'une femme de chambre: Mothers and Daughters
Belle de jour and Female Perversion
Conclusion
A Bunuel Filmography
Bibliography
Index

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