Luis Buñuel

Horror of the Absurd

I prefer absurd horror.  Naturalism and magical realism take all the fun out of it.  I don't want to take out the DVD and know that if I simply avoid this particular campsite or houses built on ancient Indian burial grounds, I'll be safe.  I don't want to know about the troubled childhood of the ghost or the serial killer.  The true horrors are in the unknown, and more so, in the unknowable.

Horror of the Absurd

Viridiana - Mocking Charity

The idea that the poor are just as sinful as the rich doesn't seem too revolutionary, until you look at the majority of Western art and literature. Usually we get the Charles Dickens trope. If only the mean rich people were to leave and the poor people were put in charge, things would run more smoothly. Viridiana in contrast, might have been written by Ayn Rand. It's about as anti-populist as you can get. Rand however, would have tossed in a Prometheus or two. Buñuel's Calvinistic misanthropy allows for no heroes.

Viridiana - Mocking Charity