Luis Buñuel, the infamous artist and filmmaker behind the Pixies-quoted, Salvador Dali collaboration, Un Chien Andalou, went on to make many acclaimed movies over the next (nearly) six decades. His last feature before his death was 1977’s That Obscure Object of Desire, which was ranked by the British Film Institute’s 2012 Sight & Sound poll as one of the top ten films of all time. Buñuel made the fascinating choice to cast two actresses as Conchita, the young, flamenco dancing, hot-and-cold love interest of the protagonist, who recounts the story of their volatile relationship in a series flashbacks set against a backdrop of extremist violence. In this video, we look at Buñuel’s use of the doppelgänger as an ingenious cinematic conceit to illuminate a tempestuous love story...with just a touch of the surreal.
Did you know that "That Obscure Object of Desire" is based off a book that was also made into a movie by Josef von Sternberg over forty years earlier? Stick with us to find out just why it's so hard to adapt a book for the silver screen. And if you're going down the rabbit hole anyway, why not watch Sternberg's own masterpiece "The Blue Angel," starring none other than the legendary Marlene Dietrich.