That Obscure object of desire = Cet obscur objet du desir

France, 1977

Film
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Mathieu (Fernando Rey) is a self-satisfied Spanish businessman whose ordered, elegant life begins to fall apart when he becomes obsessed with the virginal Conchita, who professes love for him, but refuses to have sex with him. Based on a novel by Pierre Louys, “La Femme et le Pantin”, Bunuel’s film version is a comic exploration of the libidinous energies that undermine the precarious safety and order of the bourgeoisie. Though an assured and elegant film, Bunuel utilises surrealist touches, such as having two actresses play the same lead role (Carole Bouquet and Angela Molina) to unsettle and provoke the viewer.

Credits

production company

Greenwich Film Production

producer

Serge Silberman

director
Duration

01:43:00:00

Production places
France
Production dates
1977

Collection metadata

ACMI Identifier

303504

Language

French

Audience classification

MA

Subject categories

Adaptations

Feature films

Feature films → Feature films - France

Foreign language films

Literature → French literature - Film and video adaptations

Sound/audio

Sound

Colour

Colour

Holdings

VHS; Access Print (Section 1)

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