Luis Buñuel

(22 February 1900 – 29 July 1983)

Luis Buñuel
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Luis Buñuel Portolés was an Aragonese filmmaker who worked in Spain, Mexico and France.

When Luis Buñuel died at age 83, his obituary in The New York Times called him "an iconoclast, moralist and revolutionary who was a leader of avant-garde surrealism in his youth and a dominant international movie director half a century later." His first picture—made in the silent era—was called "the most famous short film ever made" by critic Roger Ebert, and his last film—made 48 years later—won him Best Director awards from the National Board of Review and the National Society of Film Critics. Writer Octavio Paz called Buñuel's work "the marriage of the film image to... more »

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  • ''A paranoiac ... like a poet, is born, not made.''
    Luis Buñuel (1900-1983), Spanish filmmaker. My Last Sigh, ch. 18 (1983).
  • ''In the name of Hippocrates, doctors have invented the most exquisite form of torture ever known to man: survival.''
    Luis Buñuel (1900-1983), Spanish filmmaker. My Last Sigh, ch. 21 (1983).
  • ''If the devil were to offer me a resurgence of what is commonly called virility, I'd decline. "Just keep my liver and lungs in good working order," I'd reply, "so I can go on drinking and smoking!"''
    Luis Buñuel (1900-1983), Spanish filmmaker. My Last Sigh, ch. 6 (1983).
  • ''Fortunately, somewhere between chance and mystery lies imagination, the only thing that protects our freedom, despite the fact that people keep trying to reduce it or kill it off altogether.''
    Luis Buñuel (1900-1983), Spanish filmmaker. My Last Sigh, ch. 15 (1983). From his autobiography.
  • ''If you were to ask me if I'd ever had the bad luck to miss my daily cocktail, I'd have to say that I doubt it; where certain things are concerned, I plan ahead.''
    Luis Buñuel (1900-1983), Spanish filmmaker. My Last Sigh, ch. 6 (1983).
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