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Buñuel in France

March 30 to April 6

After being exiled from his native Spain, a foray to Hollywood and New York, and proving himself within the confines of the Mexican film industry, cinema’s arch-dissident, Luis Buñuel, at last found full creative freedom in the country where he had had his first succès de scandale 35 years earlier: France. Abetted by producer Serge Silberman, screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière, and a stable of actors led by Fernando Rey, Buñuel unleashed a string of masterpieces that wed the smash-and-grab surrealism of his early work to taboo-testing critiques of church, state, and society. These are films made with the assuredness of an old master and the audaciousness of a Young Turk.

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