The Cinema of Luis Buñuel

Module code: SP3145

Module co-ordinator: Dr Sheldon Penn

Module Aims

In this module you will study films from all periods of the work of this leading director of Spanish and World Cinema. The key aspects of Buñuel’s work will be considered, including surrealism, psychoanalysis ethics and humour. You will also look at the way in which Buñuel’s cinematic language explores and develops these themes.

Learning Outcomes

You will gain an understanding of Buñuel’s unique cinematic vision and of the intellectual and aesthetic currents that inform it. Through this you will be able to produce close analytical readings of the films which also place them within their social and cultural contexts.

Teaching and Learning Methods

Introductory lectures will be given, but classes will mainly comprise seminars and group presentations and therefore a high level of participation is required. All films (including those in French) are subtitled.

Films studied

  • Un chien andalou
  • El ángel exterminador
  • L’Âge d’or
  • Los olvidados
  • Viridiana
  • Belle de jour
  • Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie


  • Essay of 2,500-3,000 words (50%)
  • Presentation (normally as part of a small group) (10%)
  • Three-hour examination (40%)