That Obscure Object Of Desire

Rey, Fernando

SKU: 012236123187

UPC 012236123187
Release Date 2013-01-29
Studio Lionsgate
Discs 1
Length 103
Format B&W
MPAA Rating R (MPAA)
Synopsis Luis Buñuel's last film is a celebration of the vigor of sexual obsession and the sovereignty of the subconscious. From the instant Mathieu (Fernando Rey) lays eyes on Conchita (played by both Carole Bouquet and Angela Molina), he cannot help but pursue this beautiful and unknowable young woman. She remains just outside his grasp, teasing him with the promise of fulfilled desire while always, finally, denying him the pleasure he wants. As Mathieu becomes more distraught, he resorts to extreme emotional blackmail by threatening to have her deported from France. Meanwhile, the Revolutionary Army of the Infant Jesus, an anarchic guerrilla group, is blowing up everything in sight. Nominated for two Academy Awards including Best Foreign Language Film, THAT OBSCURE OBJECT OF DESIRE is darkly humorous. Themes of sexual obsession and failed machismo in an atmosphere of civil upheaval recall Buñuel's earlier films like THE CRIMINAL LIFE OF ARCHIBALDO DE LA CRUZ and THE DISCREET CHARM OF THE BOURGEOISIE. Employing his characteristic surrealistic tricks, Buñuel taunts the audience by using two actresses who look alike to play the female lead. The result is a tongue-in-cheek comedy of manners that embodies the familiar themes and extreme characters that Buñuel obsessively portrayed in films throughout his career.Theatrical Release: October 8, 1977. That Obscure Object of Desire was Luis Buñuel's last film, he died in 1980. Maria Schneider was originally cast as Conchita, but was replaced after a month. Conchita was ultimately played at different points in the film by two different actresses, Carole Bouquet and Angela Molina. Pierre Louys' source novel was first made into a silent film in 1929 by French director Jacques De Baroncelli, featuring Conchita Montenegro; but it is better known as the basis for Josef von Sternberg's 1935 classic, The Devil is a Woman, which starred Marlene Dietrich. Other films made from Louys' book include La Femme et la Pantin (directed by Julien Duvivier, starring Brigitte Bardot), and The Female. Shown at the 1977 New York Film Festival. Voted One of the Year's Ten Best Films by Vincent Canby, Charles Champlin, Andrew Sarris, and Judith Crist. Named Best Foreign Film of 1977 by the Los Angeles Film Critics Association. Named one of the Best 5 Foreign Films of 1977 by the National Board of Review. Buñuel was named Best Director of 1977 by the National Board of Review and the National Society of Film Critics. Co-produced by Les Films Galaxie (France) and In Cine (Spain). Distributed by GEF-CCFC. Color by Eastmancolor....Provocative. Compellingly plotted, briskly paced, and elegantly shot... -- Rating: A-...Triumphantly funny and wise....An effortlessness matched by no other director...Included in the New York Times 10 BEST FILMS OF 19775 stars out of 5 -- [T]his swansong masterpiece from Luis Bunuel is the summation of a 48-year obsession with eroticism, jealousy and violence.With Buñuel, the paradoxes and parallels never end. These great works have still not yielded all of their secrets.
Cast Luis Buñuel (Director)
Fernando Rey (Star)
Julien Bertheau (Star)
Carole Bouquet (Star)
Milena Vukotic (Star)
Luis Bunuel (Screenwriter)
Ángela Molina (Star)
Pierre Louys (Source Writer)
Serge Silberman (Producer)
Jean-Claude Carriere (Screenwriter)
Richard Edmond (Director of Photography)
Sounds/Subtitles Blu-ray Disc Features: Note: Arbitrary desire (interview with Jean-Claude Carrière) Interview with Carlos Saura Double dames (interview with Carole Bouquet and Angela Molina) A portrait of Luis Buñuel (interview with Pierre Lary and Edmond Richard) directed by Dominique Maillet, French filmmaker and movie critic Widescreen - 1.66 Audio: DTS HD Master Audio - English, French Subtitles - English, French
Language English
Weight 0.15000
Height 0.50000
Width 5.50000
Depth 6.75000
Format Code Blu-ray Hi-Def DVD
Library Subject Feature Film Drama,Feature Film Comedy,Romance
Attribute Additional Footage,Widescreen
Product Code Movie

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