Biography

Luis Buñuel Portolés was a Spanish 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 pictur e—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 the poetic image, creating a new reality... scandalous and subversive".

Often associated with the surrealist movement of the 1920s, Buñuel created films from the 1920s through the 1970s. His work spans two continents, three languages, and an array of genres, including experimental film, documentary, melodrama, satire, musical, erotica, comedy, romance, costume dramas, fantasy, crime film, adventure, and western. Despite this variety, filmmaker John Huston believed that, regardless of genre, a Buñuel film is so distinctive as to be instantly recognizable, or, as Ingmar Bergman put it, "Buñuel nearly always made Buñuel films".

Six of Buñuel's films are included in Sight & Sound's 2012 critics' poll of the top 250 films of all time. Fifteen of his films are included in the They Shoot Pictures, Don't They? list of the 1,000 greatest films of all time, which is tied with John Ford for second most, and he ranks number 14 on their list of the top 250 directors.

Luis Buñuel Portolés was a Spanish 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 pictur e—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 the poetic image, creating a new reality... scandalous and subversive".

Often associated with the surrealist movement of the 1920s, Buñuel created films from the 1920s through the 1970s. His work spans two continents, three languages, and an array of genres, including experimental film, documentary, melodrama, satire, musical, erotica, comedy, romance, costume dramas, fantasy, crime film, adventure, and western. Despite this variety, filmmaker John Huston believed that, regardless of genre, a Buñuel film is so distinctive as to be instantly recognizable, or, as Ingmar Bergman put it, "Buñuel nearly always made Buñuel films".

Six of Buñuel's films are included in Sight & Sound's 2012 critics' poll of the top 250 films of all time. Fifteen of his films are included in the They Shoot Pictures, Don't They? list of the 1,000 greatest films of all time, which is tied with John Ford for second most, and he ranks number 14 on their list of the top 250 directors.

Personal Info

Known For Directing

Gender Male

Known Credits 54

Birthday 1900-02-22

Day of Death 1983-07-29

Place of Birth Calanda, Teruel, Aragón, España

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Also Known As

  • Luis Buñuel Portolés
  • 루이스 부뉴엘

Directing TV ShowsMovies

1977 That Obscure Object of DesireDirector
1974 The Phantom of LibertyDirector
1972 The Discreet Charm of the BourgeoisieDirector
1970 TristanaDirector
1969 The Milky WayDirector
1967 Belle de JourDirector
1965 Simon of the DesertDirector
1964 Diary of a ChambermaidDirector
1962 The Exterminating AngelDirector
1961 ViridianaDirector
1960 The Young OneDirector
1959 Fever Mounts at El PaoDirector
1959 NazarinDirector
1956 Death in the GardenDirector
1956 That Is the DawnDirector
1955 The River and DeathDirector
1955 The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la CruzDirector
1954 Robinson CrusoeDirector
1954 Wuthering HeightsDirector
1954 Illusion Travels by StreetcarDirector
1953 ÉlDirector
1953 The BruteDirector
1952 A Woman Without LoveDirector
1952 Mexican Bus RideDirector
1951 Daughter of DeceitDirector
1951 SusanaDirector
1950 The Young and the DamnedDirector
1949 The Great MadcapDirector
1947 Gran CasinoDirector
1937 Guard! Alert!Director
1936 Who Loves Me?Director
1935 Don Quintin the BitterDirector
1933 Land Without BreadDirector
1930 L'Age d'OrDirector
1929 Un Chien AndalouDirector
1928 The Fall of the House of UsherAssistant Director
1927 Siren of the TropicsAssistant Director
1926 CarmenAssistant Director

Writing

1977 That Obscure Object of DesireScreenplay
1974 The Phantom of LibertyWriter
1972 The MonkScreenplay
1972 The Discreet Charm of the BourgeoisieScreenplay
1970 TristanaScreenstory
1969 The Milky WayWriter
1967 Belle de JourScreenplay
1965 Simon of the DesertDialogue
1965 Simon of the DesertScreenplay
1964 Diary of a ChambermaidWriter
1962 The Exterminating AngelDialogue
1962 The Exterminating AngelScreenplay
1961 ViridianaScreenplay
1960 The Young OneScreenplay
1959 NazarinScreenplay
1956 Death in the GardenAdaptation
1956 That Is the DawnWriter
1955 The River and DeathWriter
1955 The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la CruzWriter
1954 Robinson CrusoeScreenplay
1954 Wuthering HeightsAdaptation
1954 Wuthering HeightsStory
1953 ÉlAdaptation
1953 ÉlStory
1953 The BruteWriter
1952 A Woman Without LoveScreenplay
1952 Mexican Bus RideAdaptation
1951 SusanaWriter
1951 Si usted no puede, yo síWriter
1950 The Young and the DamnedScreenplay
1937 Guard! Alert!Screenplay
1937 España 1936Screenplay
1935 Don Quintin the BitterScreenplay
1933 Land Without BreadAuthor
1930 L'Age d'OrScreenplay
1929 Un Chien AndalouScenario Writer
1929 Un Chien AndalouScreenplay
1928 The Fall of the House of UsherAdaptation

Acting

2011 Discovering Buñuel as Self/Archive Footage
2001 tvSSFBM EHKL as Himself (archive footage)
2000 Speaking of Bunuel as Himself
1984 Buñuel
1971 The Castaway on the Street of Providence as Hinself
1967 Belle de Jour as Man in Gardencafe - Left from the Duke (uncredited)
1965 There Are No Thieves in This Village
1964 Weeping for a Bandit as El verdugo
1964 Cinéastes de notre temps: Luis Buñuel as Himself
1929 Un Chien Andalou as Man in Prolog
1929 Montparnasse
1926 Carmen as Contrebandier chez lillas pastia

Production

1971 Johnny Got His GunProducer
1970 TristanaProducer
1938 Espagne 1937Production Manager
1937 Guard! Alert!Executive Producer
1937 Espagne 1936Production Manager
1935 La hija de Juan SimónProducer
1935 Don Quintin the BitterProducer
1933 Land Without BreadProducer
1929 Un Chien AndalouProducer

Editing

1964 Diary of a ChambermaidEditor
1961 ViridianaEditor
1956 Death in the GardenEditor
1954 Illusion Travels by StreetcarEditor
1951 SusanaEditor
1933 Land Without BreadEditor
1930 L'Age d'OrEditor
1929 Un Chien AndalouEditor

Sound

1974 The Phantom of LibertySound Effects
1972 The Discreet Charm of the BourgeoisieSound Effects
1969 The Milky WayOriginal Music Composer
1930 L'Age d'OrMusic
1929 Un Chien AndalouMusic Supervisor

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