Item description for Luis Bunuel: Chimera 1900-1983 (Directors) by Bill Krohn...
Luis Bu?uel, one of the most brilliant representatives of the surrealist movement, chose to make films and was able to make them with unflagging fidelity to his principles for fifty years. After an audacious Parisian showing of Un Chien Andalou in 1929 (Bu?uel carried stones in his pockets in case he needed them to fend off the audience), Bu?uel's subsequent career in Spain (Las Hurdes), Hollywood and Mexico (Los Olvidados, Robinson Crusoe, El, Nazarin) before returning to France (Diary of aChambermaid, Belle de jour, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, That Obscure Object of Desire), showed that the only subjects he cared to make films about were the three that are never supposed to be discussed in polite society: sex, religion, and politics.
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Est. Packaging Dimensions: Length: 9.76" Width: 7.95" Height: 0.71" Weight: 1.94 lbs.
Release Date Nov 1, 2005
ISBN 3822833754 ISBN13 9783822833759
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More About Bill Krohn
bill krohn has been the Hollywood correspondent of the influential movie magazine Cahiers du cinema for over twenty years. During this time he has interviewed many of Hitchcock's closest collaborators. It was the difference between the man they described and the man he thought he knew that motivated him to write this book.
Based on new research of Hitchcock's personal papers and film studio archives, hitchcock at work invites the reader to share the creative secrets of the century's greatest movie magician whose films still terrify and delight people all over the world.
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The Master Aug 4, 2008
This book is far from complete---but who cares? Any book that does Luis Bunuel justice is welcome in my library.
Where are the films? Criterion did a fine job, but there are sooo many more that need to be released!
Another fine addition to the Taschen Director Series. Jun 29, 2007
This is a stunning picture book filled with stills, behind-the-scenes shots, and other rarities, lovingly collected and put together by the good folks at Taschen. The book is up to the typical Taschen level with thick, glossy pages and stunning photographs. Interestingly enough, I found lots of pictures from films I couldn't identify. There were actually relatively few pictures from the major pictures such as Diary of a Chambermaid, Belle du Jour, That Obscure Object of Desire, or even Un Chien Andalou. There's lots of coverage of his Mexican films as well as some of his lesser-known works. In that respect, the book is incredibly valuable. While I wait for US distributors to get around to releasing Buneul's entire filmography, I can at least experience these other films through the stills.
As usual with these Taschen books, the text is secondary and fairly light. If you want to read about Bunuel buy "My Last Sigh" or "An Unspeakable Betrayal". Get this title for its images alone. It's well worth the price for any Bunuel fan.
GORGEOUS! Apr 27, 2006
I've got a lot of books dedicated to Don Luis...but none is as beautiful as this one! Anyone familiar with Bu?uel's career will not find anything new written in this book. What you will find is page after page of gorgeous stills from his films as well as many delightful behind-the-scenes shots.