BUÑUEL AND KING SOLOMON’S TABLE (Carlos Saura, 2001)

They were countrymen, both from Aragón; Carlos Saura considers himself Luis Buñuel’s disciple. Perhaps Saura’s masterpiece, Buñuel y la mesa del rey Salomón, which Saura wrote with Agustín Sánchez Vidal, whose documentary A propósito de Buñuel (2000) had investigated Buñuel’s Surrealism and atheism, is an attempt to imagine Buñuel alive again (nearly twenty years after […]

BLITHE SPIRIT (David Lean, 1945)

Noel Coward’s play was a wartime lark—perhaps a skylark (note the title)—in which the institution of marriage and the death of wives are treated most casually, as though neither really matters. David Lean’s light, frothy film version added to the wifely ghosts their spouse, Charles, played chipperly by Rex Harrison, whose first wife, Elvira, died […]