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My Last Breath [Paperback]

Luis Bunuel
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16 Jun 1994
A master filmmaker, inimitable, and unrelenting in his assault on bourgeois values. Bunuel's method is free from all artifice, and his honesty and humour are to extreme to accept any compromise in exposing our deceit and our decadence. Like Pasolini, his work offers a remarkably sophisticated political analysis, but remains based in the essentially peasant values of storytelling, and the purposefully unsystematic supervisions of laughter.


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  • Paperback: 272 pages
  • Publisher: Vintage Classics; New Ed edition (16 Jun 1994)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0099301830
  • ISBN-13: 978-0099301837
  • Product Dimensions: 19.8 x 13 x 2.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 4.2 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 384,410 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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Bunuel's many award-winning films include Belle de our, Nazarin, Los Olvidados, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie and That Obscure Object of Desire. Madrid, Paris, Hollywood, New York and Mexico; Salvador Dali, Lorca, Andre Breton, Max Ernst, Miro and Charlie Chaplin all feature in this superb autobiography of Bunuel's extraordinary career.

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A master film maker, inimitable, and unrelenting in his assault on bourgeois values. Bunuel's method is free from all artifice, and his honesty and humour are too extreme to accept any compromise in exposing our deceit and our decadence. Like Pasolini, his work offers remarkably sophisticated political analysis, but remains based in the essentially peasant values of storytelling, and the purposefully insystematic supervisions of laughter.

Bunuel's many award-winning films include Belle de Jour, Nazarin, Los Olvidados, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie and That Obscure Object of Desire. Madrid, Paris, Hollywood, New York and Mexico; Salvador Dali, Lorca, André Breton, Max Ernst, Miro and Charlie Chaplin all feature in this superb autobiography of Bunuel's extraordinary career.


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4.0 out of 5 stars Magical and humourous 4 May 2001
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A wonderful and very funny book from one of best directors ever. Bunuel writes so vividly and with such wit you'd think he was still alive. The tales about the days with the surrealists, Hollywood parties and the making of his films are brilliantly funny and it was also very interesting to find out what Bunuel's favourite movies and books were. This is certainly one of the most enjoyable biograhies I have read.
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4.0 out of 5 stars the artist's way 29 Dec 2010
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This is a unique and inspirational self-portrait of an artist and an antidote to a world in which the making of art is inextricably linked to money, branding, fashionable trends and conformity. It's also a fascinating documentation of the philosophy of the surrealists and how that coloured Bunuel's thinking and imagination as a film-maker and collaborator on many projects. What comes across strongly, and what is so inspiring, is Bunuel's integrity and humanity - his films were made on a shoestring budget, before the days of the blockbuster film - and the way that he made iconic work without becoming enslaved to formulas, trends or the lure of Hollywood. It's a very Spanish book, it makes you want to go to Toledo and hang out in dark cafes. Fascinating, and sad too (particularly the closing chapter), because this is a largely lost time. A moving, very honest and resonant portrait of the inner world of a visionary.
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5.0 out of 5 stars Dreams And Reality 18 Feb 2014
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These are two topics on which master film-maker Luis Bunuel dwells in this 1983-published autobiography (on which Bunuel was assisted in the writing by his regular screen-writer Jean-Claude Carrière), but it is abundantly clear that the man celebrated the former whilst had to face increasing despair whenever confronting the latter. No surprise then that the man was a leading light of the surrealist movement (group meetings in Parisian cafés during the 1920s being a fixture) and his maverick, atheistic, free-thinking and (at times, to some people's taste) rather perverted view of life pervades this compelling account of his life and work. One particularly memorable passage, during the book's moving final chapter as Bunuel considers the possible circumstances of his own death (he died in the year of the book's publication, aged 83) is his celebration (as 'magnificent') of the fact that humans now have enough nuclear weaponry to blow themselves out of existence many times over.

Elsewhere, there is much talk of the man's collaboration with Dali on his first films Un Chien Andalou and L'Age d'Or and his interaction with fellow surrealists André Breton, Man Ray, Max Ernst, etc, and Spanish poet and dramatist Federico Lorca. There are also fascinating sections on Bunuel's time in Hollywood (including an encounter with Charlie Chaplin), his affiliation to The Communist Party (though he later disowned all 'political beliefs') and his experiences during the Spanish Civil War. The fact that a man of such visionary cinematic talent could 'languish' for over 20 years living and working in Mexico (taking on some projects which, in his own words, he would normally have rejected) provides a sense of 'missed opportunity'.
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4.0 out of 5 stars My last breath 7 Aug 2013
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Found this a difficult one to review as the book was for my brother in law and not myself. As he has not passed any negative comments I can onlym assume that he liked it. Sorry that I can't be any more definitive.
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