That Obscure Object of Desire (1977)
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Critic Reviews for That Obscure Object of Desire
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.
I could watch Fernando Rey squirm for hours, so amusing are the aristocratically clownish expressions on his face.
[Bunuel] remains as brilliantly in control of his own emotions as he does of the process of making the film.
Audience Reviews for That Obscure Object of Desire
A rich old man (Fernando Rey) courts 18-year old Conchita (who, with no explanation, is played by two different actresses) over the years, but she seems to be toying with him, and he never achieves the object of his desire. In Bunuel's previous THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE (1972) the attendees at a dinner party could never eat because of continual interruptions; in this droll comedy, Rey can never... you know.
'what do I have to do? what do I have to do...to prove my love to you'
Now this is a lot of fun. Luis Bunuel's final film, "That Obscure Object of Desire" charts the relevant yet rocky terrain of passion vs. obsession and love vs. absurdity. Bunuel does some really intriguing things with casting, cross cutting stories and the actors have fun with their wacky and juxtapositional dialogue. I love movies about 'emotional terrorism' and this is one of the earlier films to probe the theme. It's funny, timely (even though it was released in 1977) and intriguing.
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