That said, I also realized that I now have no excuse for not seeing the late Buñuel films that are currently available in Netflix Watch Instantly, namely The Discreet Charm of the Bourgoisie and That Obscure Object of Desire. I'm not sure how I've managed not to see them at this point (I guess the latest Buñuel that I've seen is Belle de Jour with Catherine Denuve). So the other day I dutifully added them to the "In My Queue" section on the top of the website, and I will report back to you when I've finally caught up with them.
Un Chien Andalou (Luis Buñuel, Salvador Dali, France, 1929, 15 minutes)
Netflix: Artist Salvador Dali and novice (at the time) director Luis Buñuel came together to craft this unique film consisting of a jarring collage of absurd and deplorable images aimed at raising more than a few eyebrows. Images include a razor slicing a woman's eye, a man hauling a giant piano, ants circling a hole in a man's hand and more, including assorted detached body parts and futile murders. Originally a silent film, a score was later added. Netflix link.
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgoisie (Luis Buñuel, France, 1972, 101 minutes)
Netflix: In Luis Buñuel's deliciously satiric, Oscar-winning masterpiece, an upper-class sextet (Fernando Rey, Paul Frankeur, Delphine Seyrig, Stéphane Audran, Bulle Ogier and Jean-Pierre Cassel) sits down to dinner but never eats, their attempts repeatedly thwarted by a vaudevillian mixture of events both actual and imagined. Perhaps his greatest film, Buñuel's absurdist view of the upper class is a timeless satire about consumerism and class privilege. Netflix link.
That Obscure Object of Desire (Luis Buñuel, France, 1977, 103 minutes)
Netflix: Adapted from the novel La Femme et le Pantin by Pierre Louys, this Oscar-nominated erotic dark comedy was Luis Buñuel's final film. The story follows, in flashback, middle-aged Mathieu (Fernando Rey) and his obsession for the much younger, moody Conchita (played by both Carole Bouquet and Angela Molina). The two play a continuous tug-of-war with each other's desires, each trying to outlast the other at their own game. Netflix link.