Luis Buñuel

1900 - 1983

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Luis Buñuel Portolés (Spanish: [ˈlwiz βuˈɲwel poɾtoˈles]; 22 February 1900 – 29 July 1983) was a Spanish, later naturalized Mexican, filmmaker who worked in France, Mexico, and Spain.When Buñuel died at age 83, his obituary in The New York Times called him "an iconoclast, moralist, and revolutionary who was a leader of avant-garde surrealism in his youth and a dominant international movie director half a century later". His first picture, Un Chien Andalou—made in the silent era—is still viewed regularly throughout the world and retains its power to shock the viewer, and his last film, That Obscure Object of Desire—made 48 years later—won him Best Director awards from the National Board of Review and the National Society of Film Critics. Writer Octavio Paz called Buñuel's work "the marriage of the film image to the poetic image, creating a new reality...scandalous and subversive".Often associated with the surrealist movement of the 1920s, Buñuel created films from the 1920s through the 1970s. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Luis Buñuel has received more than 1,772,985 page views. His biography is available in 68 different languages on Wikipedia (up from 65 in 2019). Luis Buñuel is the 19th most popular film director, the 39th most popular biography from Spain (up from 40th in 2019) and the most popular Spanish Film Director.

Luis Buñuel is most famous for his surrealist films, including L'Age d'Or (1930), Un Chien Andalou (1929), and La Belle et la Bête (1946).

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Among film directors, Luis Buñuel ranks 19 out of 1,580. Before him are Francis Ford Coppola, Andrei Tarkovsky, Pier Paolo Pasolini, Ridley Scott, Leni Riefenstahl, and Luchino Visconti. After him are Miloš Forman, Jean-Luc Godard, Bernardo Bertolucci, Georges Méliès, François Truffaut, and Michelangelo Antonioni.

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Among people born in 1900, Luis Buñuel ranks 6Before him are Antoine de Saint-Exupéry, Heinrich Himmler, Queen Elizabeth The Queen Mother, Erich Fromm, and Martin Bormann. After him are Wolfgang Pauli, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Hans Frank, Adolf Dassler, Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, and Charles Francis Richter. Among people deceased in 1983, Luis Buñuel ranks 4Before him are Joan Miró, Garrincha, and Louis de Funès. After him are Leopold III of Belgium, Umberto II of Italy, Hergé, Idris of Libya, Tennessee Williams, Felix Bloch, Buckminster Fuller, and David Niven.

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Among people born in Spain, Luis Buñuel ranks 39 out of 2,595. Before him are Philip IV of Spain (1605), Charles II of Spain (1661), Roland (736), Philip III of Spain (1578), Julio Iglesias (1943), and Montserrat Caballé (1933). After him are Isidore of Seville (560), Pope Callixtus III (1379), Plácido Domingo (1941), Arcadius (377), Muhammad al-Idrisi (1100), and Charles III of Spain (1716).


Among film directors born in Spain, Luis Buñuel ranks 1After him are Pedro Almodóvar (1949), Carlos Saura (1932), Jesús Franco (1930), Bigas Luna (1946), Juan Antonio Bardem (1922), Víctor Erice (1940), Vicente Aranda (1926), Luis García Berlanga (1921), Segundo de Chomón (1871), José Luis Cuerda (1947), and Julio Medem (1958).