Thursday, January 06, 2005

Bunuel on DVD

There has long been a shortage of the work of Luis Bunuel available on DVD. Up until now, only a couple of his later works, That Obscure Object of Desire and The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, along with a couple of mid-career classics, Diary of a Chambermaid and Belle de Jour can be found. His Spanish language films, many of which he was grinding out in Mexico while in exile, such as Viridiana, Simon of the Desert, Nazarin and The Exterminating Angel have been sadly missing from DVD.

Happily, his two earliest films are now available on DVD. In collaboration with Salvador Dali, Don Luis created some of the most enduring cinematic imagery ever devised in Un Chien Andalou and L'Age D'Or. A full description can be read at the Onion AV Club, here. Hopefully more will follow. It is long overdue that Bunuel's complete oeuvre be made available.

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