“An indispensable book for the Buñuel scholar and important to those interested in the history of Spanish film, the in-workings of the Surrealist movement, and the European left-wing political scene from the late twenties through the Spanish Civil War.”—Julie Jones, University of New Orleans
“The period in Luis Buñuel’s career between 1930 (L’Âge d’or) and 1938, when he left Europe and went into exile, is the one we know the least about. From Gubern (an expert in Spanish cinema) and Hammond (an expert on Surrealism), we learn a great deal we didn’t know about his filmmaking, and about how it was intertwined with his politics.”—Bill Krohn, author of Luis Buñuel: Chimera
“Cinema, propaganda, art, society, government, politics, and personality make up the heady brew that Gubern and Hammond deftly analyze in this essential study of Buñuel during the years leading up to and including the Spanish civil war. . . . A picture emerges that illuminates our understanding of Buñuel’s communist politics, his efforts in support of Republican Spain, and the filmmaker himself.”—Library Journal
“Notable for original research, careful scholarship and new light [it] throw[s]. . . . Absorbing reading for anyone interested in the life and times of Luis Buñuel.”—Cineaste
“Gubern and Hammond excel at balancing Buñuel’s self-interested accounts with those of others. . . . This beautifully produced volume represents a major contribution to a Buñuel scholarship. Summing Up: Highly recommended.”—CHOICE
“Gubern and Hammond’s book is of course about Buñuel . . . but it is also about other aspects of those years: social fears and social change, the Surrealist movement, the paradigm shift that the advent of ‘talkies’ would bring to cinema, Republican propaganda during the Spanish Civil War, the diverging paths that Spain’s early film production companies (Filmófono and Cifesa) would take, and, ultimately, about the choices that artists like Buñuel faced in the 1930s.”—Journal of Modern History
About the Author
Román Gubern is professor at the Universitat Autónoma de Barcelona and has been a guest researcher at MIT. He is author of numerous screenplays for film and television and of more than forty books on cinema, popular culture, and semiotics, including 19361939: La Guerra de España en la pantalla. Paul Hammond is author and editor of several books, including The Shadow and Its Shadow: Surrealist Writings on the Cinema. Among his many translations is A Panorama of American Film Noir by Borde and Chaumeton. Both authors live in Barcelona.