"Viridiana" ir vienīgā Bunjuela filma, kuru viņš uzņēma Spānijā tajā laikā, kad šajā valstī valdīja ģenerālis Franko. Pēc ilgiem trimdā pavadītiem gadiem Bunjuels saņēma piedāvājumu no Franko valdības atgriezties dzimtenē un uzņemt tur filmu. Kālab viņš šim piedāvājumam sekoja, mūsdienās ir grūti spriest, pats Bunjuels vēlāk apgalvoja, ka viņam piedāvāja par to lielu naudu, bet viņš bija viens no tiem cilvēkiem, kas varētu šajā jautājumā arī neteikt pilnu patiesību. Kā lai arī nebūtu, Franko diezgan pamatīgi iegrābās ar šo "pirkumu" - Bunjuela radītās filmas saturs frankistiem tik ļoti nepatika, ka filma Spānijā līdz pat Franko nāvei netika izrādīta un bija aizliegta. Taču vienu valsts ļaudis panāca - filmas beigas pēc cenzūras ieteikuma tika nomainītas, vienīgi, atkal jau Bunjuela stilā, no provokatīvām tās pārtapa par ļoti provokatīvām.
Sen nebija skatīts nekas no Bunjuela filmām. Un radās sajūta, ka vajadzētu atkārtoti noskatīties "Buržuāzijas diskrēto šarmu". Taču arī
Bunuel once again. This time with Catherine Deneuve as the main star. It`s not that typical for me to watch a film where I can`t really stand the main character but still end up liking the film. Severine is a wife of quite a wealthy doctor but despite loving her husband she just has no interest for sex with him. In order to change things she becomes a part-time prostitute and is pretty good at that. She also has a lot of masochistic dreams. Her husband, not knowing the reasons for changes in his wife, is quite happy - for she becomes a much happier person. But one can not lead two lives without harming both of them. What`s to say about it except the plot? Never have I seen a film before with a woman that becomes addicted of being a prostitute. As a matter of fact, it`s a thing I can imagine but can`t understand. To me it`s pretty shocking. On one hand I would rate the film even higher, for it`s quite impressive but on the other hand - I doubt that I would dare to watch it one more time.
Savulaik es uzskatīju "Buržuāzijas diskrēto šarmu" par visu laiku labāko filmu. Kāpēc? Kas to lai zina. Tie bija citi laiki un cits es. Taču noliegt faktus, protams, ir muļķīgi.
A film by Luis Bunuel, director of `The Discrete Charme of (..)` features two actors from the already mentioned film. A man who`s on a train from Seville to Madrid explains to a few other people why he spilled a bucketful of water over a pretty young Spaniard. Basically it`s a very strange love story about a man who knows what he desires but doesn`t really know that he desires only the desire (or something like that). An interesting thing about the film is that the leading female role Conchita is played by two women, and the change of those women every time shows also a change in her behaviour. It`s sad and it`s funny, it`s cynical and it`s romantic. It`s everything I want from a film.
Bunuel once again. This time he`s much more realistic than in the two other pictures by him I`ve seen, and it is not an advantage in my opinion. Somewhere between the two world wars a young woman named Celestine comes from Paris to a small vilage (or something similar to a village) to work as a maid for a half-crazy old man, his money saving daughter who doesn`t like the pain she gets from sex, and her sexually obsessed and still pretty cowardly husband. There also is another central person among the servants - a man named Joseph who participates in stupid nacionalistic stuff and who apparently rapes and kills a little girl. The ending is good for it shows that in real life it`s not the good that gets rewarded, but not the evil as well. Everything just stays the way it`s bound to stay, and no Deus or Satanus from a machine can make everything polar. The film was still no big shakes.