That Obscure Object of Desire
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That Obscure Object of Desire
Adapted from Pierre Louys' 1898 novel La Femme et le Pantin, That Obscure Object of Desire is the 30th and final film from the great Luis Buñuel. Recounted in flashback to a group of railway travellers, the story wryly details the romantic perils of Mathieu (Buñuel favorite Fernando Rey), a wealthy, middle-aged French sophisticate who falls desperately in love with his 19-year-old former chambermaid Conchita. Thus begins a surreal game of sexual cat-and-mouse, with Mathieu obsessively attempting to win the girl's affections as she manipulates his carnal desires, each vying to gain… More

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"With an effortlessness matched by no other director today, Buñuel creates a vision of a world as logical as a theorem, as mysterious as a dream, and as funny as a vaudeville gag."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"Bunuel's swan song, his 30th feature, is one of his finest, a surreal fable that's inventive with its double casting."
‑ Emanuel Levy, EmanuelLevy.Com
"The swan song film for the legendary Spanish filmmaker."
‑ Dennis Schwartz, Ozus' World Movie Reviews
"In the second rank of Bunuelian delights."
‑ Jake Euker, F5 (Wichita, KS)
"It may not be Luis Bunuel's best film, but this is probably his most complete statement on sexual relations and the dark side of desire."
‑ Derek Smith, Apollo Guide
"One of the director's later works, That Obscure Object of Desire, examines the puzzle of sexual politics."
‑ Gary Dowell, Dallas Morning News
"Buñuel finenesses the unrequited love between his characters with such a command of cinematic spontaneity and humanity that you could watch it a hundred times. Genius."
‑ Cole Smithey,
"Buñuel made often perverse, always subversive films that drew protests, bans and undying appreciation from colleagues."
‑ Phil Villarreal, Arizona Daily Star
"From Un Chien Andalou to That Obscure Object of Desire, Luis Buñuel spent almost 50 years cataloging the frustrated romantic desires of his characters."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"Buñuel's pot shots in That Object of Desire are well-planned provocative scenarios that show just how difficult it is to understand sexual desires."
‑ John A. Nesbit, Old School Reviews
"A mature commentary on the invisible line between passion and absurdity -- erotic, political, and religious."
‑ Lisa Schwarzbaum, Entertainment Weekly
"Only Buñuel can make coldness burn with intoxicating sensuality."
‑ Gabe Leibowitz, Film and Felt
"That Obscure Object of Desire is an intoxicating descent into one man's experience of the emotional terrorism intended to shake him from his ways."
‑ Mark Pfeiffer, Reel Times: Reflections on Cinema
"This straightforward tale of obsessive love is colored with the always amazing Bunuelian touches."
‑ , TV Guide's Movie Guide
"One might call it a gimmick, but I saw it as a stroke of genius."
‑ Michael W. Phillips, Jr., Goatdog's Movies
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