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Luis Buñuel

1900 - 1983

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Luis Buñuel Portolés (Spanish: [ˈlwis βuˈɲwel poɾtoˈles]; 22 February 1900 – 29 July 1983) was a Spanish-Mexican filmmaker who worked in France, Mexico, and Spain. He has been widely considered by many film critics, historians, and directors to be one of the greatest and most influential filmmakers of all time.When Buñuel died at the age of 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. Read more on Wikipedia

Since 2007, the English Wikipedia page of Luis Buñuel has received more than 2,515,324 page views. His biography is available in 67 different languages on Wikipedia (down from 68 in 2019). Luis Buñuel is the 15th most popular film director (up from 19th in 2019), the 37th most popular biography from Spain (up from 39th 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 15 out of 1,581Before him are Woody Allen, Ridley Scott, Sergei Eisenstein, Roman Polanski, Pier Paolo Pasolini, and Luchino Visconti. After him are Andrei Tarkovsky, Jean-Luc Godard, Sergio Leone, Francis Ford Coppola, François Truffaut, and Miloš Forman.

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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, Martin Bormann, and Erich Fromm. After him are Wolfgang Pauli, Frédéric Joliot-Curie, Hans-Georg Gadamer, Hans Frank, Louis Mountbatten, 1st Earl Mountbatten of Burma, and Spencer Tracy. Among people deceased in 1983, Luis Buñuel ranks 4Before him are Louis de Funès, Joan Miró, and Garrincha. After him are Leopold III of Belgium, Umberto II of Italy, Hergé, Idris of Libya, Tennessee Williams, Jon Brower Minnoch, David Niven, and Meyer Lansky.

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Among people born in Spain, Luis Buñuel ranks 37 out of 2,932Before him are Anne of Austria (1601), Ibn Arabi (1165), Julio Iglesias (1943), Federico García Lorca (1898), Philip III of Spain (1578), and Montserrat Caballé (1933). After him are Roland (736), Charles III of Spain (1716), Isidore of Seville (560), Pope Callixtus III (1379), Arcadius (377), and Muhammad al-Idrisi (1100).


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), Mario Camus (1935), Luis García Berlanga (1921), Segundo de Chomón (1871), Víctor Erice (1940), Vicente Aranda (1926), and Isabel Coixet (1960).