A review of Luis Buñuel's autobiography My Last Sigh
In an appropriately poetic end to a tirelessly creative life, Luis Buñuel (whose ashes, curiously enough, are still missing) finished this autobiography just before his death in 1983. Buñuel’s work was visionary, his approach was unique, and his films were incomparable. Beginning with the first surrealist movies he made with Salvador Dali, Un Chien Andalou (1928) and L’Age D’Or (1930), Buñuel specialized in the unexpected. In later years, he created such brilliant left-field pieces on hypocrisy and society as Viridiana, Belle de Jour, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie and That Obscure Object of Desire. Without Buñuel, the dreamlike touch of horror films, the biting social humor of Almodóvar, and the psychological tension and depth of Hitchcock would not have been the same.
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