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September 12, 2009: Two Bunuel Movies

Needed a break, and got one. I spent my afternoon/evening watching these:

  1. The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (Aventuras de Robinson Crusoe): Luis Bunuel, 1954. An English-language adaptation of the Defoe classic. Amatuerish, un-Bunuel-like, very Disney-like. Disappointing. Anyhow, if surviving in a deserted tropical paradise is that simple, I want an island of my own. Along with a ship-ful of provisions, among which is an endless stash of booze and tobacco (as the film would have us believe). Very disappointing.
  2. Le Voiee Lactee (The Milky Way): Luis Bunuel, 1969. The exact opposite of the previous film. Brilliant stuff. The story revolves around two pilgrims making their way across France to Santiago de Compostela in Spain (a popular medieval pilgrimage route). On the way, they come across a whole host of heresies (atleast as Catholicism defines it) and other characters – free love Catholics, Jansenists, the Marquis de Sade, the Devil, the Virgin Mary, Jesus himself, the Spanish Inquistion, assorted clerics, and a prostitute.  The director and producer compiled a list of the reasons (loopholes in Catholic theology) leading to most heresies, and the list that they came out with suggested no obvious linkages or structure – so they just dramatized all the instances/heresies. The movie zips between early Christians, the Spanish Inquisition, the Jansenists and 1960s France/Spain. It also has the distinction of getting the most number of what the fuck/where did that come from expressions from me . Must-watch, but not when sober. Pass it if you are an idiot (which goes for most).

Music: Slania (Eluvetie, 2008)

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Categories: Bunuel, Cinema
  1. Amit_123
    October 21, 2009 at 8:56 am

    Abbe yaar, yeh Bunuel Dunuel sab kaun hain yaar? Kuch Karan johar yaa David Dhawan muveez ko review kar na….

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