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Guide to the Luis Buñuel Film Scripts

Collection Overview

Date Span: 1932-1956
Creator: Bunuel, Luis (1900-1983)
Extent: .25 linear feet.
Collection Number: MSC0355
Repository: University of Iowa Special Collections
Summary: Scripts for films directed by the father of Surreal cinema. One transcription of a narration from Bunuel from 1932.

Access: This collection is open for research.

Use: Copyright restrictions may apply; please consult Special Collections staff for further information.


Preferred Citation: Luis Buquel Film Scripts, The University of Iowa Libraries, Iowa City, Iowa.

Repository: University of Iowa Special Collections
Address: Special Collections Department
University of Iowa Libraries
Iowa City, IA 52242
Phone: 319-335-5921
Curator: Greg Prickman

Luis Bunuel was born February 22, 1900 in Calanda, Spain. He was educated by Jesuits before going to Madrid to study at the University. There he met Salvador Dali and the two became friends. He moved to Paris where, in 1928-29 he made, with Dali, the short film Un Chien Andalou.This film contained such shocking images that it was banned for decades. Some of the images still shock today, such as the slit-open eyeball that was one of the opening images in the film. It catapulted Bunuel to notoriety, especially among surrealists. He followed this with L'Age d'Or. He went on making movies, most of which attacked the bourgeoisie and Christianity. He moved to Mexico in the late nineteen-forties and made movies, many of which did not make much of an impression outside Spanish-speaking countries. One outstanding film from this time is Los Olvidados, an unflinching look at street life in Mexico. Returning to Europe, he made several films late in his career which won much critical acclaim. He worked with such actors as Fernando Rey, Jeanne Moreau and Catharine Deneuve. He won a Palme d'or, and an Oscar for The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie in 1972. Bunuel died in 1983.

Movie scripts, photocopies or carbon copies, arranged alphabetically.
Internet Movie Data Base web site:

Browse by Series:

  • Series 1: MOVIE SCRIPTS
  • Box 1:
  • Abismos de pasion (Wuthering Heights) - 1953
    Directed by Luis Bunuel
  • Cela's appelle l'aurore - 1956
  • El - 1952
    Directed by Luis Bunuel
  • El bruto - 1952
    Directed by Luis Bunuel
  • El Rio y la muerte (The River and Death) - 1954
    Directed by Luis Bunuel
  • La Ilusion niaja en tranvia (The Runaway Tramcar) - 1953
    Directed by Luis Bunuel
  • Le Mort en ce jardin - 1956
  • Subida al ceilo (Journey to the Sky) - 1951
    By Luis Bunuel
  • Susana - 1951
    Directed by Luis Bunuel
  • Terre sans pain (Land without Bread) - 1932
    Translation of narration from Luis Bunuel