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August 30    New York, NY    FILM FORUM

That Obscure Object of Desire Play Dates

About

France/Spain, 1977
Director: Luis Buñuel
Producer: Serge Silberman
Cast: Fernando Rey, Carole Bouquet, Angela Molina
Screenwriter: Luis Buñuel, Jean-Claude Carrière
Cinematography: Edmond Richard
Genre: Comedy, Drama
Color
Aspect Ratio: 1.66:1
Language: French with English subtitles
Running Time: 103 minutes

Synopsis:
As terrorists bomb Seville, worldly Mathieu Faber (Fernando Rey) boards the Paris train, promptly dumping a bucket of water on a young woman trying to board. As his fellow passengers look on aghast, Faber proceeds to explain "the worst of all women." Faber's encounter with his maid Conchita (Carole Bouquet, Angela Molina), who will never allow him to consummate his passion, is made doubly bizarre by Buñuel's matter of fact casting of two actresses; and by the lack of reaction from Faber and the rest of the cast to their seeming interchangeability.

Awards and Recognition:
Best Foreign Language Film nomination (Academy Awards, 1978)
Best Adapted Screenplay nomination (Academy Awards, 1978)
Best Director (National Society of Film Critics, 1978)
Best Foreign Film nomination (Golden Globes, 1978)
Best Foreign Language Film (Los Angeles Film Critics Association Awards, 1977)
Best Director, Best Foreign Language Film (National Board of Review, 1978)

Reviews and Quotes 2

"A delight in the watching...
a tantalizing tease!"
- Judith Christ, New York Post

"Mysterious, engimatic...erotic teasing, luxurious seducing...
you'll adore this movie."
- Liz Smith, Cosmopolitan

"Swift, clear, graceful, but eerie, like a tarantula dancing the minuet."
- Jack Kroll, Newsweek

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