LUIS BUÑUEL: Spain’s greatest filmmaker you’ve never heard of…

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CLASSIC FILM: The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie was one of five Buñuel films in the table

THIS film is one of five by the Spanish filmmaker Luis Buñuel that made it into a new ranking of the 100 greatest foreign language films.

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie placed 84th on the BBC’s table, which was put together by several international film critics.

Buñuel’s films The Young and the Damned, Belle de Jour, The Exterminating Angel and Viridiana ranked 80th, 75th, 67th and 48th respectively.

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The BBC said Buñuel was matched only by Ingmar Bergman in the number of films by a single director that ranked on the table.

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie hit cinemas in 1972 and earned Buñuel his only Oscar. The French-language film follows a group of wealthy people trying to have dinner together before surreal events stop them whenever they try to eat.

The film’s psychological themes and commentary on and criticism of high society are typical of Buñuel’s work.

Buñuel was born in Aragon to a well-off Catholic family in 1900. He lived in Paris in the 1920’s where he worked with surrealist painter Salvador Dali and made documentaries when he returned to Spain in the 1930’s.

He was driven into exile in Mexico after the Spanish Civil War and died there in 1983.

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