That Obscure Object of Desire (1977)
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Adapted from Pierre Louys' 1898 novel La Femme et le Pantin, That Obscure Object of Desire is the 30th and final film from the great Luis Buñuel. Recounted in flashback to a group of railway travellers, the story wryly details the romantic perils of Mathieu (Buñuel favorite Fernando Rey), a wealthy, middle-aged French sophisticate who falls desperately in love with his 19-year-old former chambermaid Conchita. Thus begins a surreal game of sexual cat-and-mouse, with Mathieu obsessively attempting
Aug 17, 1977 Wide
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With an effortlessness matched by no other director today, Buñuel creates a vision of a world as logical as a theorem, as mysterious as a dream, and as funny as a vaudeville gag.
One of the director's later works, That Obscure Object of Desire, examines the puzzle of sexual politics.
A mature commentary on the invisible line between passion and absurdity -- erotic, political, and religious.
Bunuel's swan song, his 30th feature, is one of his finest, a surreal fable that's inventive with its double casting.
Buñuel finenesses the unrequited love between his characters with such a command of cinematic spontaneity and humanity that you could watch it a hundred times. Genius.
Buñuel made often perverse, always subversive films that drew protests, bans and undying appreciation from colleagues.
That Obscure Object of Desire is an intoxicating descent into one man's experience of the emotional terrorism intended to shake him from his ways.
From Un Chien Andalou to That Obscure Object of Desire, Luis Buñuel spent almost 50 years cataloging the frustrated romantic desires of his characters.
This straightforward tale of obsessive love is colored with the always amazing Bunuelian touches.
It may not be Luis Bunuel's best film, but this is probably his most complete statement on sexual relations and the dark side of desire.
Buñuel's pot shots in That Object of Desire are well-planned provocative scenarios that show just how difficult it is to understand sexual desires.
Like all of Buñuel's films, it illuminates the diversity of desire and human nature.
like many of Buñuel's works, a perversely funny film, especially in the way he undercuts conventional notions of both romance and cinema
At age 77, Buñuel had not dimmed this playful fury, as shown by his last film, one of his masterpieces.
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