That Obscure Object of Desire

Part of The Cinema and Its Doubles
Saturday, December 8, 2012, 6:00 p.m.

Dir. Luis Buñuel. 1977, 102 mins. 35mm. With Fernando Rey, Carole Bouquet, Angela Molina. For his final film, surrealist master Buñuel finds a new way to explore the age-old themes of romantic obsession and the gulf between men and women, casting two different actresses (Bouquet and Molina) to play the same character, a young maid hired by a wealthy man who quickly falls in love with “her.” Rather than having each actress portray a different facet of the woman, Buñuel alternates between them randomly, enhancing the film’s masterfully controlled strangeness.

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