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Creator: Luis Bu˝uel

Luis Bu˝uel (1900-1983) was a Spanish filmmaker who is best known for his surrealist works such as Un Chien Andalou, L'Age D'Or and The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie. He debuted in 1929 with Un Chien Andalou, which was his first taste of the controversy and negative reactions he would experience over the years. Over his career, he would win several awards at film festivals around the world, and Discreet Charm won the Academy Award for Best Foreign Film. He died in Mexico City, Mexico in 1983.

As usual, you can find the basics at The Other Wiki and at IMDB.

Works by Luis Bu˝uel that have pages on TV Tropes: (in chronological order)

"Surrealist tropes":

  • Autobiography: 1983's Mon Dernier soupir (My Last Sigh)
  • Black Comedy: A lot of his work.
  • Eye Scream: Un Chien Andalou provides one of the most famous examples.
  • France: One of the countries where he worked.
  • Le Film Artistique: Un Chien Andalou was a pioneer of this.
  • Gainax Ending: In most of his films, which is pretty much a given when you're dealing with Surrealism, no doubt.
  • Mexico: He moved there after leaving Franco's Spain.
  • Mind Screw: Oh yeah. Often for the viewers and, in Discreet Charm, even for the characters.
  • Raised Catholic: He broke away when he was 16 and rebelled against it heavily in his work.
    • His movies tend to mock and deconstruct several concepts of Catholic religion and iconography, despite this he enjoyed spending time with priests and debating with them on religion. One of his movies, Nazarin featuring a heroic priest character, who Bunuel claimed to have liked, is highly regarded by the Church.
  • Surreal Humor: Of course. Un Chien Andalou was responsible for the Surrealists accepting Bu˝uel and Dali as their own.
  • We Used to Be Friends: He and Salvador Dali had a very nasty falling out during the production of L'Age D'Or, due to Bu˝uel's Communist sympathies and Dali's support for aristocrats and, later, Spanish dictator Generalissimo Francisco Franco. They never resolved their issues either.
Mel BrooksDirectorsKen Burns
Kir BulychevScreenwritersJames Cameron

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