Black and white photograph of Spanish filmmaker Luis Buñuel.

Luis Buñuel

(1900 - 1983)

Born in Calanda, Spain, in 1900, Luis Buñuel entered the University of Madrid at the age of seventeen and soon became friends with Salvador Dalí, with whom he collaborated on his first film, Un Chien Andalou, in 1928. He directed The Golden Age in 1930, The Exterminating Angel in 1962, and The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie in 1972. In 1982, the year before his death, he wrote, “During the last five years…I’ve begun to complain about my legs, my eyes, my head, my lapses of memory, my weak coordination…The enemy is everywhere, and I’m painfully conscious of my decrepitude. The diagnosis couldn’t be simpler: I’m an old man, and that’s all there is to it.” 

All Writing

In the name of Hippocrates doctors have invented the most exquisite form of torture ever known to man: survival.

—Luis Buñuel, 1983

The decline of the aperitif may well be one of the most depressing phenomena of our time.

—Luis Buñuel, 1983

If you were to ask me if I’d ever had the bad luck to miss my daily cocktail, I’d have to say that I doubt it; where certain things are concerned, I plan ahead.

—Luis Buñuel, 1983

Miscellany

“As a young man, he was totally asexual,” Luis Buñuel recalled of Salvador Dalí, elaborating in a parenthetical comment, “Of course, he’s seduced many, particularly American heiresses; but those seductions usually entailed stripping them naked in his apartment, frying a couple of eggs, putting them on the women’s shoulders, and, without a word, showing them to the door.”

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