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Nazarin [Sep. 26th, 2006|11:09 am]
Tony Grist
The cinematographer wanted to compose his shots. Bunuel wouldn't let him.

Bunuel's movies are almost entirely free of music. Music tells us what to think and feel; Bunuel insists we think and feel for ourselves. The only non-diegetic music in Nazarin is the drum roll at the end. 

Bunuel is the purest of all film makers. He sets up the camera. He has things happen in front of it.  He has no style. He is Ed Wood- but an Ed Wood of sublimely over-arching intelligence.

Nazarin is on the Vatican's list of 50 best films. Viridiana was banned by the Vatican.  And yet they're saying exactly the same thing.

Did Bunuel hate the church or did he love it?  Worse, far worse: he observed it.

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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2006-09-26 07:53 pm (UTC)
Thank you
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From: senordildo
2006-09-26 08:49 pm (UTC)
Though I basically agree, I'd say there are probably "purer" filmmakers, since Bunuel's style is still very much akin to the classical style of filmmaking originated in Hollywood, the style designed not to draw attention to itself. Bunuel isn't one of those filmmakers who never moves the camera, or goes for incredibly long takes, or totally avoids close-ups. In that sense, his style is more inviting and smoother than that of, say, Bresson, Antonioni, or a present-day director like Tsai Ming-Liang. The benefit of this is that Bunuel is far more accessible than all of these directors, though just as profound.
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[User Picture]From: poliphilo
2006-09-26 09:23 pm (UTC)
For me the "purity" lies in the anonymity of the cinematography. No five minute takes, no extreme close-ups, no artfully composed shots, no symbolic use of colour etc, etc.

Bunuel doesn't care how his films look. Content is everything, appearances irrelevant. He must be just about the only major director of whom this is true. I find it oddly refreshing.
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