42. Luis Bunuel
UN CHIEN ANDALOU, THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE, THE EXTERMINATING ANGEL, BELLE DE JOUR
Surrealism, as displayed by the great Luis Bunuel, does not just mean that a bunch of crazy stuff happens (at least not always – check out “Un Chien Andalou” for some seriously crazy stuff happening). More often than not, the events in Bunuel’s films are only a few degrees removed from our reality, which has the effect of making them seem even more unsettlingly bizarre. From the serial killer who never actually kills anyone in The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz to the room that won’t let people leave in The Exterminating Angel to the inability of the characters to just eat a simple meal in The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, there is a perpetual weirdness running through all his films. It serves to make his movies funny but it also serves to highlight, among other things, his favorite subject – the amorality of the bored and entitled upper class.
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