Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles | Chicago Reader

Buñuel in the Labyrinth of the Turtles

This animated feature from Spain considers the early years of Luis Buñuel’s filmmaking career, beginning with the premiere of his L’Age d’Or(1930) and concentrating on the shooting of his documentary Las Hurdes, aka Land Without Bread(1932). The film celebrates the revolutionary force of the surrealist movement, not only with regard to the charged reception of major surrealist works but in the theoretical vigor that the surrealists brought to their art. The filmmakers never valorize Buñuel, who emerges as something of a neurotic chiseler, but they inspire admiration for his zealousness in getting his work made. This film contains flashbacks and dream sequences depicting Buñuel’s childhood, likely intended as a tribute to the director’s own dreamlike narratives. Though the images never attain the haunting power of Buñuel’s work, they adequately convey his core themes and obsessions. The animation is nothing remarkable, but the story is compelling, especially for Buñuel fans. Salvador Simó directed. In subtitled French and Spanish.


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