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 55

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 Desire Director
1974 The Phantom of Liberty Director
1972 The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie Director
1970 Tristana Director
1969 The Milky Way Director
1967 Belle de Jour Director
1965 Simon of the Desert Director
1964 Diary of a Chambermaid Director
1962 The Exterminating Angel Director
1961 Viridiana Director
1960 The Young One Director
1959 Fever Mounts at El Pao Director
1959 Nazarin Director
1956 Death in the Garden Director
1956 That Is the Dawn Director
1955 The River and Death Director
1955 The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz Director
1954 Robinson Crusoe Director
1954 Wuthering Heights Director
1954 Illusion Travels by Streetcar Director
1953 Él Director
1953 The Brute Director
1952 A Woman Without Love Director
1952 Mexican Bus Ride Director
1951 Daughter of Deceit Director
1951 Susana Director
1950 The Young and the Damned Director
1949 The Great Madcap Director
1947 Gran Casino Director
1937 Guard! Alert! Director
1936 Who Loves Me? Director
1935 Don Quintin the Bitter Director
1933 Land Without Bread Director
1930 L'Age d'Or Director
1929 Un Chien Andalou Director
1928 The Fall of the House of Usher Assistant Director
1927 Siren of the Tropics Assistant Director
1926 Carmen Assistant Director

Writing

1977 That Obscure Object of Desire Screenplay
1974 The Phantom of Liberty Writer
1972 The Monk Screenplay
1972 The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie Screenplay
1970 Tristana Screenstory
1969 The Milky Way Writer
1967 Belle de Jour Screenplay
1965 Simon of the Desert Dialogue Screenplay
1964 Diary of a Chambermaid Writer
1962 The Exterminating Angel Dialogue Screenplay
1961 Viridiana Screenplay
1960 The Young One Screenplay
1959 Nazarin Screenplay
1956 Death in the Garden Adaptation
1956 That Is the Dawn Writer
1955 The River and Death Writer
1955 The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz Writer
1954 Robinson Crusoe Screenplay
1954 Wuthering Heights Adaptation Story
1953 Él Adaptation Story
1953 The Brute Writer
1952 A Woman Without Love Screenplay
1952 Mexican Bus Ride Adaptation
1951 Susana Writer
1951 Si usted no puede, yo sí Writer
1950 The Young and the Damned Screenplay
1937 Guard! Alert! Screenplay
1937 España 1936 Screenplay
1935 Don Quintin the Bitter Screenplay
1933 Land Without Bread Screenplay
1930 L'Age d'Or Screenplay
1929 Un Chien Andalou Scenario Writer Screenplay
1928 The Fall of the House of Usher Adaptation

Acting

2011 Discovering Buñuel as Self/Archive Footage
2001 tvSSFBM EHKL as Himself (archive footage)
2000 Speaking of Bunuel as Himself
1984 Buñuel
1973 Fall of a Body as Un invité (uncredited)
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 Gun Producer
1970 Tristana Producer
1938 Espagne 1937 Production Manager
1937 Guard! Alert! Executive Producer
1937 Espagne 1936 Production Manager
1935 La hija de Juan Simón Producer
1935 Don Quintin the Bitter Producer
1933 Land Without Bread Producer
1929 Un Chien Andalou Producer

Editing

1964 Diary of a Chambermaid Editor
1961 Viridiana Editor
1956 Death in the Garden Editor
1954 Illusion Travels by Streetcar Editor
1951 Susana Editor
1933 Land Without Bread Editor
1930 L'Age d'Or Editor
1929 Un Chien Andalou Editor

Sound

1974 The Phantom of Liberty Sound Effects
1972 The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie Sound Effects
1969 The Milky Way Original Music Composer
1930 L'Age d'Or Music
1929 Un Chien Andalou Music Supervisor

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