Directed by Luis Buñuel

Directed by Luis Buñuel

15 Episodes

One of cinema’s great iconoclasts and mischief makers, Spanish master Luis Buñuel combined surrealist non sequiturs with taboo-shattering attacks on the bourgeoisie, the church, and social hypocrisy to create some of the most incendiary films of the twentieth century. Perpetually on the cutting edge, he began his career as a member of the French surrealists, collaborating with Salvador Dalí on the scandalous avant-garde landmark L’ÂGE D’OR. After being exiled from Spain, he worked primarily in Mexico for two decades, a period that culminated with the savage satire THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL. It was upon his return to France in the 1960s that Buñuel entered into the extraordinary final phase of his career, producing a string of internationally acclaimed masterpieces—including BELLE DE JOUR, THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE, and THAT OBSCURE OBJECT OF DESIRE—in which his outré, straight-from-the-id imagery and scathing commentaries on class, sex, religion, and conventional morality reached new heights of subversive power.

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Directed by Luis Buñuel
  • Luis Buñuel Teaser

    Episode 1

  • “Cinéastes de notre temps”: Luis Buñuel

    Episode 2

    On April 4, 1964, the French television series “Cinéastes de notre temps” presented an episode on filmmaker Luis Buñuel, directed by Robert Valey and produced by Jeanine Bazin and André S. Labarthe. The following are edited excerpts.

  • L’âge d’or

    Episode 3

    Directed by Luis Buñuel • 1930 • France
    Starring Gaston Modot, Max Ernst, Lya Lys

    Poetic, absurd, erotic, visionary, and scandalous, L’ÂGE D’OR showcases the incomparably obsessive cinematic imagination of Luis Buñuel at the beginning of his career and the celebrated surrealism of Salvador Dalí ...

  • Robinson Crusoe

    Episode 4

    Directed by Luis Buñuel • 1954 • United States, Mexico
    Starring Dan O’Herlihy

    Master director Luis Buñuel’s first color film (and first of only two he made in English) is a fascinating, unjustly neglected adaptation of Daniel Defoe’s classic survival novel. His take on the story—in which the epo...

  • Death in the Garden

    Episode 5

    Directed by Luis Buñuel • 1956 • France, Mexico
    Starring Simone Signoret, Charles Vanel, Michel Piccoli

    This fascinating survival thriller from Luis Buñuel’s often-overlooked Mexican period follows a band of refugees who, in the wake of a sudden South American revolution, flee into the jungle, w...

  • Viridiana

    Episode 6

    Directed by Luis Buñuel • 1961 • Spain
    Starring Silvia Pinal, Fernando Rey, Francisco Rabal

    Banned in Spain and denounced by the Vatican, Luis Buñuel’s irreverent vision of life as a beggar’s banquet is regarded by many as his masterpiece. In it, novice nun Viridiana does her utmost to maintain ...

  • The Exterminating Angel

    Episode 7

    Directed by Luis Buñuel • 1962 • Mexico
    Starring Silvia Pinal, Jacqueline Andere, José Baviera

    A group of high-society friends are invited to a mansion for dinner and find themselves inexplicably unable to leave, in Luis Buñuel’s daring masterpiece THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL (EL ÁNGEL EXTERMINADOR)...

  • Diary of a Chambermaid

    Episode 8

    Directed by Luis Buñuel • 1964 • France
    Starring Jeanne Moreau, Michel Piccoli

    This wicked adaptation of the Octave Mirbeau novel is classic Luis Buñuel. Jeanne Moreau is Celestine, a beautiful Parisian domestic who, upon arrival at her new job at an estate in provincial 1930s France, entrenc...

  • Simon of the Desert

    Episode 9

    Directed by Luis Buñuel • 1965 • Mexico
    Starring Claudio Brook, Silvia Pinal

    SIMON OF THE DESERT is Luis Buñuel’s wicked and wild take on the life of devoted ascetic Saint Simeon Stylites, who waited atop a pillar surrounded by a barren landscape for six years, six months, and six days, in order...

  • Belle de jour

    Episode 10

    Directed by Luis Buñuel • 1967 • France
    Starring Catherine Deneuve, Jean Sorel, Michel Piccoli

    Catherine Deneuve’s porcelain perfection hides a cracked interior in one of the actress’s most iconic roles: Séverine, a Paris housewife who begins secretly spending her after­noon hours working in a b...

  • The Milky Way

    Episode 11

    Directed by Luis Buñuel • 1969 • France
    Starring Paul Frankeur, Laurent Terzieff, Bernard Verley

    The first of what Luis Buñuel later proclaimed a trilogy (along with THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE and THE PHANTOM OF LIBERTY) about “the search for truth,” THE MILKY WAY daringly deconstruct...

  • Tristana
    Episode 12


    Episode 12

    Directed by Luis Buñuel • 1970 • Spain, France
    Starring Catherine Deneuve, Fernando Rey, Franco Nero

    After the death of her mother, Tristana (Catherine Deneuve) goes to live with her guardian, Don Lope (Fernando Rey), an older man who eventually breaks through his facade of respectability and se...

  • The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie

    Episode 13

    Directed by Luis Buñuel • 1972 • France
    Starring Fernando Rey, Jean-Pierre Cassel, Paul Frankeur

    In Luis Buñuel’s deliciously satiric masterpiece, an upper-class sextet sits down to dinner but never eats, their attempts continually thwarted by a vaudevillian mixture of events both actual and ima...

  • The Phantom of Liberty

    Episode 14

    Directed by Luis Buñuel • 1974 • France
    Starring Michel Piccoli, Jean-Claude Brialy, Monica Vitti

    Bourgeois convention is demolished in Luis Buñuel’s surrealist gem THE PHANTOM OF LIBERTY. Featuring an elegant soiree with guests seated at toilet bowls, poker-playing monks using religious medals ...

  • That Obscure Object of Desire

    Episode 15

    Directed by Luis Buñuel • 1977 • France
    Starring Fernando Rey, Carole Bouquet, Angela Molina

    Luis Buñuel’s final film explodes with eroticism, bringing full circle the director’s lifelong preoccupation with the darker side of desire. Buñuel regular Fernando Rey plays Mathieu, an urbane widower, ...