That Obscure Object of Desire

That Obscure Object of Desire

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, tortured by his lust for the elusive Conchita. With subversive flare, Buñuel uses two different actresses in the lead—Carole Bouquet, a sophisticated French beauty, and Angela Molina, a Spanish coquette. Drawn from Pierre Louÿs’s 1898 novel “La Femme et le pantin,” THAT OBSCURE OBJECT OF DESIRE is a dizzying game of sexual politics punctuated by a terror that harkens back to Buñuel’s brilliant surrealistic beginnings.

That Obscure Object of Desire
  • That Obscure Object of Desire

    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, ...

Extras

  • Jean-Claude Carrière on Luis Buñuel

    This video interview with screenwriter Jean-Claude Carriére, who scripted six of Luis Buñuel’s films including THAT OBSCURE OBJECT OF DESIRE, was shot at his Paris home in the fall of 2000.

  • La Femme et le Pantin

    Pierre Louÿs’s 1898 novel “La Femme et le Pantin,” on which THAT OBSCURE OBJECT OF DESIRE is based, has been adapted for the screen six times. A 1929 version by French filmmaker Jacques de Baroncelli was seen by Luis Buñuel in his formative years as a filmmaker. The following three scenes demonst...

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