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  • Paperback: 256 pages
  • Publisher: University of Minnesota Press; 1st University of Minnesota Press Ed edition (1 Sept. 2003)
  • Language: English
  • ISBN-10: 0816643873
  • ISBN-13: 978-0816643875
  • Product Dimensions: 14 x 3.3 x 21.4 cm
  • Average Customer Review: 5.0 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (4 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 581,390 in Books (See Top 100 in Books)

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4 of 4 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 19 May 1998
Format: Paperback
The late, great, Luis Buñuel's memoir is one of my 3 favorite books in all the world. Bunuel does not hesitate to be frank about his deepest thoughts and fears, and in doing so, illuminates his superb and unique place in cinema history. This book should forever dispel the notion that Buñuel was an "intellectual" filmmaker. Indeed, no other filmmaker has ever had so pure an id-directed vision. There are other rewards as well, in Buñuel's accounts of his andalusian youth and introduction to the surrealists, and his friendships with Federico Garcia Lorca and Salvador Dali. A genuine delight of a read!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By Room for a View VINE VOICE on 4 May 2008
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Bunuel's lifetime recollections are lucidly brought together in this 'journey' of a surrealist filmmaker. The reader can follow Bunuel from his rural Spanish roots, the depravity of civil war, Parisian alienation, US suspicion, Mexican contentment and, finally, fame as one of the world's most imaginative and ground breaking artists. Bunuel offers keen insights into his work based on a far reaching philosophical understanding of the nature of life and the universe. The book is often funny but always honest and religion, overpopulation, celebrity and politics are just a few topics that draw this man's attention. Interestingly Bunuel pays very little attention to his wife and kids, perhaps suggesting a deeply private side. An essential read for Bunuel fanatics!!
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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 16 Oct. 1998
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Luis Bunuel pours out his beliefs, whether right or wrong. It raises questions on faith and leaves the reader with the feeling that there is no single truth to anything and everything. It is a poetic book on discovery of life and self.
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful By A Customer on 3 Feb. 1998
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This great read follows Luis Bunuel from childhood in Spain to Paris,where he and his friend Salvador Dali joined the surrealist group & made the first surreal film to Mexico, where he waited out Spain's Franco Years,as well as helping the resistance. And there's many words on his films and his ideas about everything from crowds to violence and fetishes. An excellent read.
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This appears to be a slightly shortened version 16 Aug. 2000
By J. Bielawski - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
The US edition has curious omissions compared to the French original. In one omitted passage (IIRC) Bunuel mentions a postcard he received from Andrzej Wajda. It would be nice if the fine print for the book included "Portions of the original have been omitted for this edition." The recent Ken Mogg's book on Alfred Hitchcock has also been shortened for the American market. I find it quite annoying.
24 of 25 people found the following review helpful
A beautiful little book 16 Sept. 2003
By Daniel Fineberg - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
Bunuel gave some interviews towards the end of his life discussing his long list of movies. That's why I was delighted to find that his autobiography--which is one of the greatest, if not the greatest by a filmmaker--does not dwell on them. Instead Don Luis chronicles his childhood and upbringing, the relationships he cultivated, and meditates on life, love, death, art, alcohol and cigarettes. Many of the stories from his younger days are even more surreal than his movies. He writes in detail about his stormy friendships with Garcia Lorca and Dali, about his half-hearted attempt to try Hollywood on for size, meetings with Hitchcock, Fritz Lang, and others. The book is not somber or sentimental, it's not over-inflated. Bunuel's voice does not intimidate, it soothes. He's a master storyteller, a very gifted and generous writer.
13 of 13 people found the following review helpful
Gracias, Don Luis 21 Nov. 2001
By Scott Spires - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Hardcover
Writings by film directors tend to resemble their films, and "My Last Sigh" is no exception. Bunuel's films are anarchic, funny, unpredictable, subversive, and often disturbing in a way that's hard to pin down. So is this, his autobiography!
Though he disclaims literary talent, Bunuel turns out to be a wonderful writer, and the book is stuffed with piquant anecdotes and elegant observations. I'm afraid to quote examples, because this review would go on forever. Suffice to say that, if you could choose to live any person's life, Bunuel's would be a hard choice to beat, just for the adventure and entertainment value. This may be my favorite book written by a filmmaker.
7 of 7 people found the following review helpful
Inspirational 14 Feb. 2000
By Indradeep Ghosh - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I decided to read this book after being completely baffled by The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie. I thought reading the book might help me find the rational narrative that the film seemed to have lacked. This book has turned my conception about art on its head. It clarifies and illuminates. It also amuses.
6 of 6 people found the following review helpful
A masterpiece as alluring as Buñuel's films 4 Feb. 2000
By Ianko López Ortiz de Artiñano - Published on Amazon.com
Format: Paperback
I can say this book changed my life when I read it. I was eighteen years old and loved Buñuel's wild, masterful films, but as soon as I read this book I realized his life had been another masterpiece, just as the poet Federico García Lorca (one of Buñuel's closest friends) was a masterpiece himself. This book is deep, touching, provoking, and it's amazingly well written. You can see life in it. You get to know a man in search for freedom, full of passion and contradictions. A marxist bourgeois, a christian atheist, a brute dilettant who enjoyed classical music and rude jokes. One of the most talented men of our era. An enigma. A genius.
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