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That Obscure Object of Desire

Luis Buñuel

 
That Obscure Object of Desire (Criterion DVD)

DVD

1 Disc

SRP: $29.95

Out of Print
  • France
  • 1977
  • 104 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • French
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  • Spine #143

Luis Buñuel’s final film explodes with eroticism, bringing full circle the director’s lifelong preoccupation with the darker side of desire. Buñuel regular Fernando Rey plays Mathieu, an urbane widower, tortured by his lust for the elusive Conchita. With subversive flare, Buñuel uses two different actresses in the lead—Carole Bouquet, a sophisticated French beauty, and Angela Molina, a Spanish coquette. Drawn from Pierre Louÿs’s 1898 novel, La Femme et le Pantin, That Obscure Object of Desire is a dizzying game of sexual politics punctuated by a terror that harkens back to Buñuel’s brilliant surrealistic beginnings.

Cast

Mathieu Faber Fernando Rey
Conchita PerezCarole Bouquet
Conchita PerezAngela Molina
Edouard, Mathieu’s cousinJulien Bertheau
Martin, the valet André Weber
Incarnacion Perez, Conchita’s motherMaria Asquerino
ManolitaEllen Bahl
The police inspector Bernard Musson
The conciergeMuni
El Morenito David Rocha
SeamstressAugust Carrière
WomanMilena Vukotic
Her daughteerValérie Blanco
The psychology professorPierre Pieral
The magistrateJacques Debary

Credits

DirectorLuis Buñuel
ProducerSerge Silberman
ScreenplayLuis Buñuel and Jean-Claude Carrière
Assistant directorsPierre Lary and Juan Luis Buñuel
CinematographyEdmond Richard
Production designPierre Guffroy
CostumesSylvie De Segonzac
MakeupOdette Berroyer
SoundGuy Villette
EditingHélène Plemiannikov
Production managerUlly Pickard

Disc Features

  • New high-definition transfer, enhanced for 16×9 televisions
  • Video interview with screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière
  • Excerpts from Jacques de Baroncelli’s 1929 silent film, La Femme et le Pantin, an alternative film adaptation of the book on which Buñuel based his film
  • Reprinted interview with director Luis Buñuel
  • Theatrical trailer
  • Optional English-dubbed track
  • New and improved English subtitle translation
  • Optimal image quality: RSDL dual-layer edition

    New cover by David Cohen

Film Essays

That Obscure Object of Desire

By William Rothman November 19, 2001

All of Luis Buñuel’s films, from his early surrealist classics to the masterpieces he made in Europe late in his career, are compelling, seductive works about the mystery and perversity of human . . . Read more »


Film Essays

That Obscure Object of Desire

By Danny Peary October 29, 1990

Luis Buñuel’s thirtieth and final film was adapted from Pierre Louys’ 1898 novel La Femme et le Pantin, about a respected gentleman who gives up everything, including his dignity, because of his . . . Read more »

Film Essays

That Obscure Object of Desire

By William Rothman November 19, 2001

All of Luis Buñuel’s films, from his early surrealist classics to the masterpieces he made in Europe late in his career, are compelling, seductive works about the mystery and perversity of human . . . Read more »


Film Essays

That Obscure Object of Desire

By Danny Peary October 29, 1990

Luis Buñuel’s thirtieth and final film was adapted from Pierre Louys’ 1898 novel La Femme et le Pantin, about a respected gentleman who gives up everything, including his dignity, because of his . . . Read more »