Changes in experimental filmmaking between the 1920s and the 1960s: On Luis Buñuel

In: Avant-Garde Film
Pierre Sorlin
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While the early films of Spanish director Luis Buñuel have proven easy to categorize within the albeit late Surrealist and avant-garde period in France of the late 1920s, not least because of Buñuel’s own proclamations of allegiance to the movement, the further experimentation with film language evident in his later films has earned him the reputation as one of the founding fathers of what would be defined – much later and in comparatively incoherent terms – as European auteur cinema. This essay seeks to determine the nature of the “experimental” in Buñuel’s postavant-gardist work.

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