My Last Sigh
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This long out-of-print autobiography provides insight into the genesis of Bunuel's films and conveys his frank opinions on dwarves, Catholicism, the Marquis de Sade, food, and smoking, not to mention his recipe for a good dry martini!
Paperback, 268 pages
Published September 16th 2003 by Univ Of Minnesota Press (first published 1982)
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Tosh
One of the great charming memoirs from an artist who I suspect wasn't that charming in real life. But Bunuel was such an incredible force in his medium that he worked in - the cinema. He had his up's and his down's (Dali not that great as a friend) but he took the cultural big surf as a great surfer - and basically made films that were incredibly unique, fun, and well...Fantastic. There is not one Bunuel that I don't love. And I also love this book as well.
شادي  عبد العزيز
قراته في طبعته الأولى بعنوان (مذكرات بونويل) والعنوان الثاني أكثر دقة: أنفاسي الأخيرة.

يبدأ الكتاب بحدوتة بونويل عن أمه المصابة بالزهايمر، يعطيها المجلة لتفرأها، وتنتهي منها، تردّها له، ويعيدها لها مرة أخرى لتقرأها، وتتلقاها بنفس الإقبال.

ينتقل بعدها للحديث عن ذاكرته الخاصة، التي يعتبرها (كانت) قوية في شبابه، ويطرح جملة كانت أجمل ما في الكتاب عندي (أنا صاحب الذاكرة الضعيفة جدا)، يقول بونويل أن الأسوأ من النسيان هو الذكريات الزائفة، تلك الذكريات التي تكتشف إما عدم وجودها على الإطلاق، أو وجودها بشكل...more
Sooz
i liked this book far more than i expected to. Bunuel is a story teller. and his autobiography is not a linear report on dates and names and places. instead it is very much a story weaving through time and very personal. like a conversation -where one thing leads to another- associations are made and we don't necessarily end up were we thought we were going to. and that is the joy of it.

plus i really relate to how Bunuel sees the world. his chapter entitled Still an Atheist, Thank God! in which...more
Hugo Resendiz
Mi Ultimo Suspiro (seguramente el nombre de este libro fue decidido al final de la escritura del autor) es como una conversacion casual con el cineasta, como si un amigo como acostumbraban a ir al final de su vida, llegara a su casa y discutieran de los viejos tiempos. Probablemente esta conversacion la tuvo con Jean-Claude Carriere, que fue segun sus propias palabras, el guionista con el que mejor trabajo y el mas afin en cuanto a su vision y al final de su vida; Carriere es quien insistio en q...more
Allan MacDonell
Surrealism might seem quaint and old-world and outdated in our wired and up-to-the-second bottom-line universe, but there was a time when artists operated with a code of principles and pursuits as set out in life-and-death manifestos. Thank God Luis Bunuel—director of The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie, That Obscure Object of Desire, that creepy, non-narrative movie where they slice open a pig's eye, those gritty depictions of Mexico City's impoverished underside, and the super sexy Belle de...more
tENTATIVELY, cONVENIENCE
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Luis Buñuel's My Last Sigh
by tENTATIVELY, a cONVENIENCE - July 6, 2012

"I'm not a writer, but my friend and colleague Jean-Claude Carrière is. An attentive listener and scrupulous recorder during our many long conversations, he helped me write this book."

When I 1st encountered the historical traces of Surrealism, probably in the early 1970s, maybe even earlier, it was very exciting to me. I've always loved the paintings. Then, over the yrs, Surrealism just started to seem like Breton...more
Aldonautico
Es mi libro del año. Lo disfruté enormemente y me alegra haberlo encontrado de nuevo después de lo que pasó con el otro. No es pesado, es muy divertido y, aunque no se comulgue con las manías y los puntos de vista de Buñuel, resulta interesante ver su sencillez y gran inteligencia. La narración es fresca y vigorosa y algunos capítulos son como tomarse un coctel con él. Es una lástima que hable poco de muchas de sus películas (se entiende que odió muchas)y si se busca una explicación a las más in...more
Annia B
imprescindible para conocer a Don Luis, su cine, la rectitud de su caracter, su grandeza...
un libro al que vuelvo constantemente.
محمد الهجين
في أحد فصول أحد الكتب المتخيلة سأخصص فصلاً عن السير الذاتية الممتعة سأختار من ضمنها لكى أتحدث عنه مذكرات بانويل
Gregg
I wasn't sure what to expect from this book. It is a memoir of the surrealist film maker Luis Buñuel. As a teenager, I was thrilled to explore the paintings of the surrealists. Later, in college, I saw Buñuel's Andalusian Dog and it expanded my appreciation of the cinema. But I wasn't sure how interested I would be in the life of Buñuel. Well, this book touches on so much of the world during Buñuel's life and it is fascinating. He writes in a very informal, conversational style.

Buñuel's memories...more
M. Milner
A funny, fascinating look at the life of one of cinema's most provocative directors, Luis Bunuel's My Last Sigh is a blast. He takes you through his early years in Spain, his time hanging with surrealists like Dali, Man Ray and Max Ernst and years in exile as a director in Mexico, usually with a sly joke and a good story or two.

Maybe there isn't enough about his movies - most are discussed only for a few sentences - but whatever the book lacks in explanations, it makes up for in digressions and...more
Xio
I adore Bunuel.

Last night I had the pleasure of seeing David Sedaris at the Academy of Music here in Philly. I haven't read his last two books, being a little burned out on his writing but in person, reading, he is hilarious.

Several of the pieces he read made me laugh til there were tears and stomach cramps but I knew in my heart that the root of my laughter was embedded in the films and sensibilities of Sr. Bunuel. Another reason to feel the real solitude of experience, eh?

Let's let that one...more
Rodney Welch
Luis Bunuel wrote the way he directed: sharp, sparing, and with a devilish wit. He focuses on what interests and amuses him, never gets lost in details. He doesn't offer a lot in the way of gossip and there are aspects of his personal life that he preferred to keep closed; see his films and make what you will of his religious and sexual obsessions. He doesn't scrutinize the meaning of his work -- there's a wide body of obscurantist film theorists who have taken on that task, if you're interested...more
Roderick Mcgillis
Like his films, Bunuel's memoir is a free floating contemplation of many things including martinis, guns, surrealism, cinema, cultures, cities and landscapes. Confession: I admire the films more than the man. But he is undoubtedly candid, refreshingly so. His conflicted relationship to communism and to the Church makes fascinating reading. He is a mixture and a mystery; with this I suspect he would concur. He offers no great insights into his work, but then he does not intend to offer insights....more
Benjamín
La autobiografía del cineasta Luis Buñuel - dícese co-escrita con su amigo guionista Jean Claude Carriere - es la mirada genial a una vida genial, desde su infancia en España, sus días de estudiante en París junto a Dalí y García Lorca, sus comienzos en el surrealismo (el libro funciona perfectamente como manifiesto surrealista), la Guerra Civil en España, el exilio de Buñuel a Estados Unidos, sus absurdos roces con Hollywood, pasando por su vida y obra en México y concluyendo con su retorno a F...more
Allison C. McCulloch
Began to read this book 9/13. Continuing with the book 9/14, this may be one of the most exciting books I've read in awhile. Bunuel attended a Catholic school for most of his learning and was fluent in Latin and French in addition to Spanish, his native tongue. His father was well off. When he finally wanted to make movies, it was like telling his family he wanted to join the circus, as film was a relatively new art.

He talks for about a page on the films he likes, including Clouzot's Manon (one...more
Kevin
From the cinema's greatest giver comes the most interesting and engaging autobiography I have ever read. Instead of boring us with focused reflections of his past, Buñuel tells the story of his life in fragments. He worries not about being linear and instead tries to relay his favorite memories and experiences through the same unique voice that carries all of his films. He never goes on about any one of his movies for more than a few pages, but these creative insights are invaluable, and shed li...more
Yanko Tsvetkov
One of my personal heroes tells the story of his life in a fascinatingly ordinary way.

I read "My Last Sigh" for the first time in 1998 when it was published in Bulgaria. I remember how pleasantly surprised I was. As a cinema student who was aware how inaccessible Buñuel's movies could be, I expected something hard to read. But pretty soon I realized I couldn't have been more wrong. It's one of those biographies which feel like they were written not for the public but for the author himself. It's...more
Michael
Picked up at a garage sale and being a filmmaker yet having only heard of Mr Bunuel but never having seen his films or learned much about him I felt sort of an obligation to learn more. I had no idea what to expect but as I read I found myself caught up in the author's journalistic, rambling style of writing. Why this is not a diatribe on 'filmmaking' as I feared it might be but in fact, the honest observations of an interesting person who has lived a rather extraordinary life.
Leonardo Cunha
Um livro precioso, uma biografia não sobre fatos, mas sobre impressões e sentimentos, de um artista do século XX. Destaque para o momento em que Buñuel conjectura sobre os últimos momentos do amigo Lorca; para quando conta sobre sua mulher Jeanne; para o capítulo sobre coisas que aprecia e coisas que desgosta; e o capítulo final, pérola sobre a velhice e a eminência da morte. O Cinema acaba sendo apenas um detalhe, num relato sincero de uma vida intensa.
Herbert Gambill
A book I return to all the time. Chapters on his life alternate with chapters about his thoughts on various subjects, including the joys of a perfect martini. Co-written by his frequent collaborator. Especially interesting because Bunuel's career spanned decades and continents, with periods of struggle and inactivity and late-life successes. He rubbed shoulders with most of the great artists of the 20th century along the way.
Djll
All too short!!! is my overwhelming opinion.

This book seems to come out of a far distant century. Bunuel's surrealist art is deeply rooted in ancient family and village life, making it both more alien and more human in the same instant of apprehension.

A great raconteur who had seen a lot of history, a lot of life, a lot of bad and good humanity.

OK, I'm going back to start reading it right now...
Yamini Chandra
I started reading the first para of the book with no intention of going through the whole thing and as I read more and more, I was hooked. It was an interesting read, especially because it gave me an insight into the life, thoughts, dreams and experiences of a Film Director and also some of his peers, people like Charlie Chaplin and Salvador Dali and many others of whom I've not heard of.
Kamyar
Once (I guess it was 1999) this book was offered to me by an old friend (Novin e aziz) and I refused to read it. I wish I had read it at that point...

I read this book some years after and I believe reading this book was the last step of what I call the "fundamental change in my worldview"; a process that had already been started.
I am grateful to Bunuel ... I cannot emphasize it more.
Dan
It's Bunuel. It's Bunuel reminiscing about his life. It's Bunuel gossiping about the Surrealists. Not as paradoxical or as shocking as I was expecting, having gotten a sense of Bunuel's personality from watching some of his films. Something that I did not get from his films, however, which I did learn from this book, was how important politics was in Bunuel's life.
Phil Overeem
A marvelously irreverent and moving autobiography, and a humble monument left to a life lived with enormous, playful integrity. Bunuel's reflections on surrealism, the Spanish Civil War, science and religion, filmmaking, and his simple likes and dislikes (which must have inspired John Waters' essays on his own) are delectable and inspiring. Now, to catch up on his films.
علی
This is not just an autobiography, but kind of cinema history of a special time, post-war, where film had an amazing motation, and Bunuel self was part of it. This is a gift to those who are fond of Cinema, Bunuel, Surrealism, and Tristana, Belle de jour, Viridiana, Nazarín, Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie, Le fantôme de la liberté and many other fantastic films ...
Amy
Bunuel: director, surrealist, ...drinker? I have to say that while I enjoyed reading about Bunuel's life, his relationships, and the background stories to many of his movies, my favorite chapter is titled "Earthly Delights." In that chapter, Bunuel expresses his love for smoking and drinking - specifically gin martinis. Seems like a pretty fun dude even in his 80s.
Kimberly
Just lovely memoirs of an old man. I didn't realize how personally I connected with surrealism, and his chapter on atheism is pretty much exactly right for me. Great Biblical quote on p.205, in the chapter on Mexico (1946-1961) and other things I noted that reminded me of my father, etc... Just a sweet insight into a truly unique life.
Samluck1882
Incredible. More than any other autobiography that I have ever read this felt as if I was sitting in a room with the man himself as he drank a few martinis and told me his life story. Just like listening to someone tell you their story you kind of get the feeling that some of it is made up but that just adds to the fun of it.
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