Known as the father of cinematic surrealism, Luis Buñuel was among the first group of directors who used the cinematic medium as a means of artistic expression, instead of simple documentation. His religious upbringing in Aragon, Spain contributed to an archive of perverse themes and images that, even today, read controversial. Collaborations with long-time friends Salvador Dalí and Federico García Lorca, influenced the style and content of his work, solidifying Buñuel’s status as a surrealist filmmaker. Credits include: La novia de medianoche (1986), That Obscure Object of Desire (1977), The Phantom of Liberty (1974), The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972), Belle de Jour (1967), Diary of a Chambermaid (1964), The Young One (1960), Death in the Garden (1956), That Is the Dawn (1956), Robinson Crusoe (1954), Wuthering Heights (adaptation / story) (1954), Mexican Bus Ride (1952), The Young and the Damned (writer) (1950), L'Age d'Or (1930), Un Chien Andalou (short) (1929).
“I have a soft spot for secret passageways, bookshelves that open into silence, staircases that go down into a void, and hidden safes. I even have one myself, but I won't tell you where. At the other end of the spectrum are statistics which I hate with all my heart.”