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on 29 April 2013
The last film of L.Bunuel is also one of his most interesting. Excellent actors and interesting plot make this movie a joy to watch and gives food for thought. Highly recommended!
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on 3 June 2015
This is a fitting culmination of a lifetime's work. It combines sex and politics with terrific wit as Mathieu (Fernando Rey dubbed into French by Michel Piccoli) embarks on a train journey from Seville to Paris. His fellow travellers having witnessed him pouring water over the head of a woman trying to board the train, he tells them the story of his frustrated sexual relationship with the flamenco dancer Conchita who refuses to let him have his wicked way even though he showers her with everything she could possibly want. Meanwhile The Revolutionary Army of the Infant Jesus (!) is blowing up bombs in acts of terrorism which are rocking Spain and France. Bunuel poses sex and politics as traps. Mathieu is looking for a mistress while political factions are looking for a way to deal with the European bourgeoisie. Both end in terrorism. Political analysis is submerged in psycho-sexual analysis here which extends to an examination of how we see 'women as objects of desire' on the screen. Carriere/Bunuel do this by casting Conchita with two actresses - Carole Bouquet plays her as a slim adolescent while Angela Molina plays her as the sensual Latino. Mathieu outwardly doesn't notice when one segues into the other even in mid-scene, but we certainly do, our expectations about viewing the erotic object on screen being attacked at every turn. Mathieu and Conchita's sex games certainly aren't vicious like Paul and Jeanne's are in Last Tango in Paris. Instead, they are a game which both enjoy. Note Mathieu enjoys relating his story to his audience on the train, an audience who provide for a series of off-handed jokes and absurdities which are richly entertaining. The explosive ending is a wonderful summing up of what Bunuel thought about sexual relationships, politics, the bourgeoisie and the whole goddam thing. To the last he remained at heart the eternal anarchist.
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on 23 March 2012
71uk Ese oscuro objeto del deseo by Luís Buñuel (1977, 105')

After Buñuel and Carrière's search for the title figure of their film failed in a first round of cast trial shooting (the famous new apartment scene, with Conchita and her lover in action, letting Don Mateo (Mathieu Faber, by Fernando Rey) only watch from the outside), where none did pass (not even, not surprisingly, Maria Schneider of last tango fame), they came up with splitting the role between two young women, Carole Bouquet (the more elegant) and Ángela Molina (the more playful).

Like for other of Buñuel's films, another railway station kiosque novel served as background: Pierre Louÿs' Woman and Puppet (1908 translation of La femme et le pantin, 1898). Louÿs (1870-1925) was a French poet and writer (of Belgian extraction), most renowned for lesbian and classical themes in some of his writings and known for "expressing pagan sensuality with stylistic perfection". A friend of Gide and Wilde, un décadent; although heterosexual, Louÿs enjoyed homosexual circles.

Atmospherically similar to Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie (1972), Buñuel's last film (again) plays in Spain and France. Against the background of increa-singly common terror attacks (a phenomenon that irritated Buñuel already for some time), a mad story of unfulfilled love. A compartment group of Seville to Madrid train travellers: a mother and her young daughter, a judge who is coinci-dentally a friend of Mathieu's cousin, and a psychologist who coincidentally is a dwarf, who had all just witnessed him pouring a bucket of water over Conchita's head, from the window of their waiting train about to depart.

Puzzled as they are, they ask his motivation for such an act, so the still himself bewildered Don Mateo narrates the history of his tumultuous relationship with Conchita. Dramaturgically, the action is real time before and after the train trip; during the trip, the pictures are flashbacks. What is it that Don Mateo desires: love? As co-scenarist Carrière put it, "some times, we are desirious, we like to be in a state of desire, a state which lift us above the customary platitudes of life, hence the final title to this movie seemed totally adequate for such a histoire sans fin".

Stylistically, Buñuel's last film (his 32nd) compares to his single action movies like Le Journal d'une femme de chambre (1964) and Tristana (1970). As is common with Buñuel, the film also denounces once more the icons of the Catholic church (also in education) and the traditional bourgeois assets (marriage, family, wealth, safety). Just as the fellow train passengers seem satisfied with this story, Conchita, who had sneaked on board, reappears from hiding and dumps a bucket of water on Mathieu. However, the couple apparently reconciles yet again when the train reaches its destination. After leaving the train, they walk arm in arm, enjoying the streets of Madrid, seemingly without end..

71uk Ese oscuro objeto del deseo by Luís Buñuel (1977, 105')
23 March 2012
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on 17 August 2013
If you have only seen this on DVD before and like the film, the upgraded picture clarity on this StudioCanal Collection Blu-ray will impress you. A recommended buy !
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on 4 February 2016
Picture and audio very good, but spoilt by somewhat flimsy packaging, a slim case with a plastic thing the disc is placed on.. Like Last Year at Marienbad, also by Studio Canal, the exact same packaging... Besides packaging, various and very good supplements. And of course the film in wonderful.
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on 7 August 2015
Another great surrealist film by Buneul, if you,re a fan of his work you will enjoy this. For an in depth review see others but it is one of his major films and not to be missed.
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on 13 September 2014
One of my favourite directors. Bunuel always makes you think and his subversive approach is sadly lacking in most of today's bland film making.
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