Friday, April 30, 2010

Luis Buñuel - Abismos de pasión AKA Wuthering Heights (1954)

Gone several years, the brooding Alejandro returns to the hacienda of his foster sister, Catalina, whom he loves, to find her married to the wealthy and effete Eduardo. Alejandro hates Eduardo and Catalina's brother Ricardo; he's rich now and has a lien on the drunken Ricardo's ranch. He also wants Catalina to run away with him. She loves him as if he was her soul, but she also loves Eduardo and is pregnant, so she won't leave. She wants Alejandro to stay nearby, a soul mate, but he, ruled by instinct and passion, stays only to hurt her. He woos Isabel, Eduardo's impressionable young sister. The passions of impossible love and corrosive hate play out against Mexico's barren high chaparral.


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Luis Buñuel - Los Olvidados AKA The Young and the Damned (1950)

Luis Bunuel classic from 1950. It is a tale of savage acts committed by impoverished youths in Mexico City. It is a film that has been kept fresh by its spirit and its style. Far from being puppets in a sermon on poverty, the characters are vivid creatures whose fierce desires are the focus of Bunuel's attention.
In his unique storytelling, he not only finds forceful images in the dramas reality, but adds a masterful dream sequence.

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Luis Buñuel - Robinson Crusoe (1954)

"The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe was both Luis Buñuel's first color film and his only film written entirely in English. Fulfilling his father's prophecy of disaster, Robinson Crusoe (Dan O'Herlihy, in an Oscar-nominated performance) is stranded on a deserted island along with his cat Sam and his dog Felix while on a trip to purchase African slaves. His curiosity is unending and his recycling of the land's resources highly economical (he protects himself from wild beasts and savages using the pilfered remains of his now-sunken ship). More so than any other dramatization of Daniel Dafoe's classic novel, Buñuel's Robinson Crusoe is both morally ambitious and spiritually daring. Crusoe's surreal encounter with his father's spirit reveals the castaway's complex view of religion, forgiveness and guilt. He turns to a copy of the Holy Bible not long after Sam gives birth to a litter of kittens (Buñuel, though, is careful not to call too much attention to the feline's immaculate conception). It's easy to see the wheat grain Crusoe discovers outside his makeshift shelter as a gift from God (indeed, the scruffy O'Herlihy stands atop the island's highest mountain like Moses waiting for his people's manna) yet Buñuel never suggests that Crusoe is in conflict with a Christian deity. Instead, the director posits a more existential relationship between Crusoe and nature. O'Herlihy's narration is redundant ("I learned to master everything but myself") and preachy yet there's no denying the complexity of the film's moral ambiguity. Friday (Jaime Fernández) is both Crusoe's friend and slave. Though startled by the native man's cross-dressing and insatiable need for human flesh, Crusoe nonetheless respects the purity of Friday's untainted morality. Through Friday, Crusoe comes to understand that Good cannot exist without Evil and, most importantly, Buñuel dares his audience to question everything they've come to know about morality, savagery and everything in-between."

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Luis Buñuel - Subida al cielo AKA Ascent to Heaven (1952)

A young man and woman's honeymoon is cut short when the man learns that his mother has fallen ill back at home. The newlywed couple rush there to discover the other sons neglecting their mom in order to plot the distribution of the inheritance. The newlywed son takes quite an adventurous bus-ride to a distant city to get his mother's will notarized to the contrary, and is faced with multiple temptations along the way.

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Luis Buñuel - La Voie lactée AKA The Milky Way (1969)

The first of what Luis Bunuel later proclaimed a trilogy (along with The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie and The Phantom of Liberty) about "the search for truth," The Milky Way (La voie lactee) daringly deconstructs contemporary and traditional views on Catholicism with ribald, rambunctious surreality. Two French beggars, present-day pilgrims en route to Spain's holy city of Santiago de Compostela, serve as Bunuel's narrators for an anticlerical history of heresy, told with absurdity and filled with images that rank among Bunuel's most memorable (stigmatic children, crucified nuns) and hilarious (Jesus considering a good shave). A diabolically entertaining look at the mysteries of fanaticism, The Milky Way remains a hotly debated work from cinema's greatest skeptic.

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Luis Buñuel - Cet obscur objet du désir aka That Obscure Object Of Desire (1977)

AMG Review
Adapted from Pierre Louys' 1898 novel La Femme et le Pantin, That Obscure Object of Desire is the 30th and final film from the great Luis Buñuel. Recounted in flashback to a group of railway travellers, the story wryly details the romantic perils of Mathieu (Buñuel favorite Fernando Rey), a wealthy, middle-aged French sophisticate who falls desperately in love with his 19-year-old former chambermaid Conchita. Thus begins a surreal game of sexual cat-and-mouse, with Mathieu obsessively attempting to win the girl's affections as she manipulates his carnal desires, each vying to gain absolute control of the other. Brimming with the subversive wit which characterizes all of Buñuel's finest work, That Obscure Object of Desire takes satiric aim at a decadent, decaying society riddled by political unrest and moral bankruptcy. The picture is absurdist even in its casting -- Rey's dialogue was dubbed by the French actor Michel Piccoli, while the two-faced, hot-and-cold Conchita is played, logically enough, by two different actresses (Carole Bouquet and Angela Molina, respectively), with the character's dialogue spoken by yet a third performer. The same Louys novel was also filmed by Josef von Sternberg in 1935 as the Marlene Dietrich vehicle The Devil Is a Woman, and again in 1959 as Julien Duvivier's La Femme et le Pantin, starring Brigitte Bardot.
It took surrealistic director Luis Buñuel most of his lifetime to find a wider international audience, and he finally achieved it with his last film, a hilarious story of sexual frustration. The story concerns a rich Spanish gentleman who is continually tricked and humiliated by a beautiful woman, who changes physical appearances and refuses his advances. That Obscure Object of Desire is based on a novel by Pierre Louys, which has been the basis for several other films. None is as richly realized as Buñuel's version, which uses two actresses (Carole Bouquet and Angela Molina) in the identity-switching lead role. And no director can explore sexual frustration as well as Buñuel, who made a whole career of the topic. The film was nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Film, a belated tribute to the long, groundbreaking career of the accomplished anarchistic director. Like his penultimate film, The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, That Obscure Object of Desire is not as dense or confusing as Buñuel's earlier works, and is more accessible to general audiences. Still, it is full of the director's characteristic camera trickery, biting social satire and psychological game-playing.

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Aleksandr Alov & Vladimir Naumov - Moneta aka The Coin (1962)

Description from mosfilm
Based on the stories by American writer Albert Malz about the tragic fate of an ordinary man in America.

Сборник теленовелл по мотивам рассказов Альберта Мальца. Действие происходит во времена Великой депрессии.
Фильм состоит из трех новелл, поставленных по рассказам «Игра», «Самый счастливый человек на свете», «Воскресенье в джунглях». Рассказы живописуют ужасную буржуазную действительность, где человек человеку — волк. Как только живут люди в капиталистическом мире? — вот единственный вопрос, который возникает у зрителя.

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Collection telenovela based on the stories Albert Maltz. The action takes place during the Great Depression.
The film consists of three novellas set on the stories of "The Game", "The happiest man on earth", "Sunday in the jungle. Stories depicts the terrible bourgeois reality, where one man - the wolf. As soon as people live in a capitalist world? - That the only question that arises from the viewer.

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Ha Yu - Ssang-hwa-jeom aka A Frozen Flower (2008) [User Rating:7.1/10]

Synopsis In the end of Goryeo era politically manipulated by the Yuan Dynasty, the ambitious King of the Goryeo Dynasty organizes Kunryongwe. Hong Lim, the commander of Kunryongwe, captivates the King of Goryeo, and the Queen keeps her eyes on the relationship between Hong Lim and the King with a reluctant view. Meanwhile, the bilateral relation between Goryeo and the Yuan gets worse as Yuan demands to install the cousin of the King in the Crown Prince of Goryeo with ascribing it to no son the King has. The King refuses it resolutely, so the high-ranking officials of Goryeo, who are in submission to Yuan, are discontented with the king. One day, the King gives Hong Lim a covert yet unobjectionable order to sleep with the Queen instead of himself to protect the independence of Goryeo from the Yuan by making a son, the successor to Goryeo throne.

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