The Liberating Eye: The Cinema of Luis Buñuel

Fall 2001, 271 Mary Gates Hall
Tuesday & Thursday 1:30-3:20

Cynthia Steele (, C101 Padleford, TTh 10:30-12:30 by appointment only (phone Leona Phillips at 543-2020 to make appointment).
Steven Shaviro (, A303 Padleford, T & Th 12:00-1:00

Luis Buñuel

This course examines how Spanish director Luis Buñuel created meaning in films from three phases of his career: the early surrealist period of the 1920s, the Mexican melodrama of the 1950s and 1960s, and the late Spanish and French films. Themes include the relationship between social convention and human liberty, and sexual politics in biography and art. Weekly screenings of films by Luis Buñuel on Tuesdays; lecture and discussion on Thursdays.

In addition, a one-day symposium on the films of Luis Buñuel takes place on Saturday, November 10. Four prominent critics--Peter Evans (U of London), Jean Franco (Columbia), Marsha Kinder (USC), and Kathleen Murphy (Cinema Seattle)--will deliver conference papers on various aspects of Buñuel's films. In conjunction with the conference, two additional Buñuel films will be screened at the Grand Illusion during the week of November 9-15, and film critic Richard T. Jameson will give a talk as part of the Talking Pictures series sponsored by Cinema Seattle.

Students will write two five-to-seven-page analytical essays, plus a short critique of one of the conference papers.

1.October 2 & 4
Un chien andalou (1929) and Las Hurdes [Land without Bread] (1932)

2.October 9 & 11
Los olvidados [The Young and the Damned] (1950)

3.October 16 & 18
El [This Strange Passion] (1952)

Topics for First Essay Distributed (Oct 16th).

4.October 23 & 25
Abismos de pasión [Wuthering Heights] (1953)

5.October 30 & November 1
Viridiana (1961)

First Essay Due (Nov. 1)

6.November 6 & 8
El angel exterminador [The Exterminating Angel] (1962)

Friday November 9, 1:30PM, 19 Kane Hall, Latin American Studies presents Simon of the Desert

Friday, November 9-Sunday, November 11, The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz shown at Grand Illusion Theater. With talk by Richard T. Jameson at 7pm, November 9.

Monday, November 12-Thursday, November 15, Illusion Travels By Streetcar shown at Grand Illusion Theater.

Saturday, November 10, 9am-5pm, SYMPOSIUM (Kane Hall), with talks by Peter Evans, Jean Franco, Marsha Kinder, and Kathleen Murphy.

7.November 13 & 15
Belle de Jour (1967)

Critique of Conference Paper Due (November 15).

8.November 20
Tristana (1970)

9.November 27 & 29
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)

Topics for Second Essay Distributed (November 27).

10.December 4 & 6
That Obscure Object of Desire (1977)

11.December 11
The Phantom of Liberty (1974)

Second Essay Due (December 11).

Required texts:

Recommended texts:

Texts on Reserve at Odegaard:

Some Buñuel Links

Essay One 30%
Essay Two 30%
Critique of Conference Paper 20%
Class Participation 20%

Plagiarism Policy

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If you are caught committing plagiarism, your instructor will report the incident to the College of Arts and Sciences Committee on Academic Conduct. If the committee finds you guilty, the incident will go on record in the Committee database so they can monitor any future incidents, and it also will go on record in Student Affairs. A second incident will result in your suspension from the University.

Please let your instructor know if you have any questions about these guidelines or about UW policy on plagiarism.

Students With Disabilities

To request accommodations due to a disability, please contact Disabled Student Services, 448 Schmitz, (206) 543-8924 (V/TTY). If you have a letter from Disabled Student Services indicating that you have a disability that requires academic accommodations, please present the letter to the instructors so that we can discuss the accommodations you might need in this class.