Luis Buñuel

That Obscure Object of Desire

That Obscure Object of Desire

Luis Buñuel’s final film brings 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 flair, Buñuel uses two different actors in the latter role—Carole Bouquet, a sophisticated French beauty, and Ángela Molina, a Spanish coquette. Drawn from the surrealist favorite Pierre Louÿs’s classic erotic novel La femme et le pantin (The Woman and the Puppet, 1898), That Obscure Object of Desire is a dizzying game of sexual politics punctuated by a terror that harks back to Buñuel’s avant-garde beginnings.

Film Info

  • Luis Buñuel
  • France
  • 1977
  • 104 minutes
  • Color
  • 1.66:1
  • French
  • Spine #143

Available In

Collector's Set

Three Films by Luis Buñuel

Three Films by Luis Buñuel

Blu-Ray Box Set

3 Discs


That Obscure Object of Desire
Fernando Rey
Mathieu Faber
Carole Bouquet
Conchita Perez
Angela Molina
Conchita Perez
Julien Bertheau
Edouard, Mathieu’s cousin
André Weber
Martin, the valet
Maria Asquerino
Incarnacion Perez, Conchita’s mother
Ellen Bahl
Bernard Musson
The police inspector
The concierge
David Rocha
El Morenito
August Carrière
Milena Vukotic
Valérie Blanco
Her daughteer
Pierre Pieral
The psychology professor
Jacques Debary
The magistrate
Luis Buñuel
Serge Silberman
Luis Buñuel
Jean-Claude Carrière
Assistant directors
Pierre Lary
Assistant directors
Juan Luis Buñuel
Edmond Richard
Production design
Pierre Guffroy
Sylvie De Segonzac
Odette Berroyer
Guy Villette
Hélène Plemiannikov
Production manager
Ully Pickard

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Luis Buñuel

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Luis Buñuel
Luis Buñuel

As made clear in his seminal works Viridiana and The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie—delirious screeds against, respectively, religion and social conformity—Luis Buñuel was one of cinema’s great subversives and mischief makers. He began his career as a member of the French surrealists—his first films, Un chien andalou and L’âge d’or, absurd and violently sexual scandals that met with censorship, were collaborations with Salvador Dalí. After years of working alternately in his native Spain (where the scintillating, shaming faux documentary Land Without Bread and, later, Viridiana were both banned), the United States, and Mexico, Buñuel made most of his late films in France, combining surrealist non sequiturs with attacks on the bourgeoisie, the church, and social hypocrisy in general in such masterpieces as The Milky Way, The Phantom of Liberty, and That Obscure Object of Desire.