MsC 355

Collection Dates: 1932 -- 1956
.25 linear ft.

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Administrative Information

Biographical and Historical Information

Scope and Contents of the Collection

Related Materials

Acquisition and Processing Information

Box Contents List

Administrative Information

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Biographical Note

Luis Buñuel was born February 22, 1900 in Calanda, Spain. He was educated by Jesuits before going to Madrid to study at the University. There he met Salvador Dali and the two became friends. He moved to Paris where, in 1928-29 he made, with Dali, the short film Un Chien Andalou. This film contained such shocking images that it was banned for decades. Some of the images still shock today, such as the slit-open eyeball that was one of the opening images in the film. It catapulted Buñuel to notoriety, especially among surrealists. He followed this with L'Age d'Or. He went on making movies, most of which attacked the bourgeoisie and Christianity. He moved to Mexico in the late nineteen-forties and made movies, many of which did not make much of an impression outside Spanish-speaking countries. One outstanding film from this time is Los Olvidados, an unflinching look at street life in Mexico. Returning to Europe, he made several films late in his career which won much critical acclaim. He worked with such actors as Fernando Rey, Jeanne Moreau and Catharine Deneuve. He won a Palme d'or, and an Oscar for The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie in 1972. Buñuel died in 1983.

Jacque Roethler 2004

Scope and Contents

Ten movie scripts, photocopies or carbon copies, arranged alphabetically.

Related Materials

Internet Movie Data Base web site:

Acquisition and Processing Information

Guide posted to Internet: July 2004

Box Contents List

Abismos de pasion (Wuthering Heights), directed by Luis Buñuel (1953)

Cela's appelle l'aurore (1956)

El, directed by Luis Buñuel (1952)

El Bruto, directed by Luis Buñuel (1952)

El Rio y la muerte (The River and Death), directed by Luis Buñuel (1954)

La Ilusion niaja en tranvia (The Runaway Tramcar), directed by Luis Buñuel (1953)

Le Mort en ce jardin (1956)

Subida al ceilo (Journey to the Sky), by Luis Buñuel (1951)

Susana, directed by Luis Bunuel (1951)

Terre sans pain (Land without Bread), translation of narration from Luis Buñuel (1932)

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