FEVER RISES AT EL PAO
LA FIEVRE MONTE A EL PAO
1959, Janus Films, 97 min, France/Mexico, Dir: Luis Buñuel

In Luis Buñuel’s incendiary LA FIEVRE MONTE A EL PAO, Gérard Philipe plays an idealistic reformer who becomes embroiled in complex political intrigue when a repressive dictator is assassinated. Among the supporting cast are many of Mexico’s most celebrated and distinguished actors (Roberto Cañedo, Andres Soler, Victor Junco, Domingo Soler), topped by the legendary Maria Felix as the conniving widow of the fallen dictator. Legendary cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa captures both the heat and the stark angles of an island paradise thrust into a seemingly endless inferno.


TRISTANA
1970, Cohen Film, 95 min, Spain, Dir: Luis Buñuel

Catherine Deneuve is at her best as the title character, an orphan left in the care of libertine aristocrat Don Lope (Fernando Rey), who seduces the woman, setting her on a path to bitterness and manipulation. Playing upon a reversal of audience sympathy, TRISTANA is among the most powerful portraits of lost innocence, one of Buñuel’s favorite themes (the film also makes striking use of a favorite Buñuel technique, the dream sequence). In Spanish with English subtitles.


THE PHANTOM OF LIBERTY
LE FANTÔME DE LA LIBERTÉ
1974, Rialto Pictures, 104 min, France/Italy, Dir: Luis Buñuel

Surreal even by Buñuel standards, this loosely connected series of Monty Pythonesque sketches thumbs its nose at the conventions of storytelling as well as those of bourgeois society. Buñuel and co-writer Jean-Claude Carrière dream up dirty pictures of French architecture, poker-playing monks, celebrity snipers, fox-hunting tanks and more, setting the table for a banquet of free-wheeling satire. In French with English subtitles.


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