Luis Buñuel and the Evolution of the Surrealist Imagination

Malcolm Compitello
Mondays 9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
July 8, 15, 22, 29 and August 5, 2019
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Luis Buñuel and the Evolution of the Surrealist Imagination

Summer 2019
In Session
9:00 AM - 12:00 PM
July 8, 15, 22, 29 and August 5, 2019


Main Campus



The Spanish film Director Luis Buñuel played a decisive role in the development of modern cinema and contributed richly to the development of national cinemas in Spain, his country of origin, Mexico and France. A surrealist from the beginning to the end of his long career, Buñuel's films remained deeply experimental and socially engaged simultaneously.

This five-week class will trace the arc of Buñuel's film making. It begins by assessing the essential tension between social responsibility and artistic innovation in the director's work by looking at La Age D'Or and Las Hurdes: Tierra Sin Pan (Las Hurdes: a Land without Food). It will examine Buñuel's long period of filmmaking in Mexico through an examination of Los 0lvidados (The Forgotten). The Franco Regime's attempt to legitimize itself by inviting the exiled director to make the film Viridiana, and the unforeseen consequences of this experiment will occupy the fourth week of the class. The last week treats Buñuel's work in France through an examination of his Oscar winning The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie and also assess Buñuel's legacy as a filmmaker.

Registration Opens Online: Monday, March 25, 2019 at 8AM (AZ Time)

Required Reading: 

Selections from My Ultimate Sigh (Buñuel's autobiography) and other critical works in PDF format.
The films are available on Amazon Prime and other online platforms. Public screenings of the films will also be arranged in the Rubel Room.

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Meet Your Professor

Professor and Program Director
Department of Spanish and Portuguese, Humanities Seminars Program

MALCOLM ALAN COMPITELLO is Professor of Spanish and Director of the Humanities Seminars Program. He has authored four books and numerous essays on Hispanic literatures and cultures, especially written and visual forms of narration. He is the Executive Editor of the Arizona Journal of Hispanic Cultural Studies and serves on the editorial boards of a number of publications in the area of Hispanic Studies.


Poetry Center
Dorothy Rubel Room
1508 E Helen
Tucson, AZ 85721
United States
Located on the SE corner of Helen Street and Vine Avenue, one block north of Speedway and three blocks west of Campbell Ave.

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