MÉXICO FOTOGRAFIADO POR LUIS BUÑUEL
Del 20 de Noviembre de 2015 al 10 de Enero de 2016
CC ANTIGUO INSTITUTO JOVELLANOS
Calle Jovellanos, 21, 33201 Gijón
Del 20 al 28:
de 11:00h a 14:00h. y de 17:00h a 21:00 h.
Del 29 de noviembre al 10 de enero:
de 18:00h a 21:00 h.
Luis Buñuel (1900-1983) and his dearly beloved México: the eternal love story between a Universal Spaniard and the country that became his homeland as well. From Gran Casino (1947) until Simón del desierto (1965), Luis Buñuel shoots twenty films in Mexico. That’s two thirds of his filmography.
There he lived for thirty seven years, naturalized Mexican since 1949. It’s well known the tale of Gabriel Figueroa’s anger at the Aragonese director while shooting Nazarín (1959). The famous and legendary cinematographer had prepared an aesthetically perfect shot with the Popocatépetl volcano in the background. But Buñuel turned the camera around to frame a much more down to earth landscape, more true and close to his glance.
The director from Calanda could never relate to pre manufactured film beauty because it often makes us forget what the images actually want to tell. The 87 pictures in México fotografiado por Luis Buñuel, partake in that anti affected visual philosophy. The exhibit is produced by Centro Buñuel de Calanda and Filmoteca Española. Varied landscapes, tropical rain forests, small villages, humble neighbourhoods and urban areas of different natures live in this Mexico captured in still images by one of the great masters of the moving images. Even though the pictures are not all from the movies themselves, the show presents many of the places Buñuel visited and were interesting enough to him as to be later present in the films —as proofed by the film frames accompanying the scouting—.
Beyond its utilitarian purpose, the pictures exhibited are important both in their plastic and research dimension. The unveil a little known element of Buñuel’s work and shed light on the creative process of an artist who was as demanding as he was meticulous.