Cinema: Orderly Chaos

THAT OBSCURE OBJECT OF DESIRE

Directed by Luis Buñuel

Screenplay by Luis Buñuel with

Jean-Claude Carrière

Mathieu (Fernando Rey) is an elegant middle-aged Spaniard who likes brandy and cigars, expensive suits and an occasional pretty woman. He is an unflappable sort—but since he is the hero of a Luis Buñuel film, his poise is soon put to extraordinary tests. Terrorists, for no discernible reason, begin to blow up cars in his tranquil Seville neighborhood. A waiter at his favorite restaurant serves him a martini containing a huge fly. His butler, ordinarily a paragon of civility,...

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