Who is Benito Pérez Galdós and who is Luis Buñuel? What about Galdós in Buñuel’s cinema, what united them?
These and other questions are answered in the documentary
Benito Pérez Buñuel with the voices of prestigious specialists, admirers and people close to the two great universal creators.
What unites the writer Benito Pérez Galdós and the filmmaker Luis Buñuel?
“Benito Pérez Buñuel” discovers the connections between the two through a documentary that travels between the classic approach, mockumentary, non-fiction and animated film.
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Title Benito Pérez Buñuel
Film genre Documentary with animation
Duration 74 minutes
Support 4K Digital
Produced and original idea by Marta de Santa Ana
Directed and written by Luis Roca
Production manager Marta de Santa Ana
Film Editing by Juan Gabriel García (AMMAC) / Raúl Román
Cinematography by Santiago Torres
Music by Lisandro Rodríguez
Art Direction by María González
Animation Directior Manuel Sirgo
Sound by Fabián Yanes / Álvaro Silva
Head of Administration Iñaki de Santa Ana
With the voices of Jerónimo Saavedra, José Luis Gil, Luis Bajo, Joel Bosqued, Manuel Castillo, Mari Carmen Sánchez, Francisco Montesdeoca
Interviewees Elena Poniatowska, Víctor Fuentes, Yolanda Arencibia, Arantxa Aguirre, Jordi Xifra, Carolina Fernández Cordero, Mario Barro, Nelson Carro, Rafael Congrio Lamata
Filming locations Gran Canaria, Calanda, Madrid, Ciudad de México, Santa Bárbara (California)
is the only influence
that I would recognize
Luis Buñuel to Max Aub,
collected in Conversaciones con Buñuel
(Ed. Aguilar, Madrid, 1985)
Benito Pérez Buñuel is a documentary feature film whose protagonists are two great creators, the writer Benito Pérez Galdós and the filmmaker Luis Buñuel.
The basis of this film is the phrase that Luis Buñuel said to his friend Max Aub in 1969 when he asked him about his most important influences. Buñuel replied:
“Galdós is the only influence that I would recognize, in general, on me”.
In Benito Pérez Buñuel, flow together three films. First, that of Benito Pérez Galdós, continuator of the great Spanish cultural tradition (Cervantes, El Lazarillo, Quevedo, Lope de Vega, Velázquez, Goya), a universal realist writer on a par with his Russian, French and British contemporaries, but not as recognized as these. Second, that of Luis Buñuel, one of the main filmmakers of the 20th century, who continued the path of the previous ones through the main artistic expression of his century, cinema. And finally, the film that weaves together the previous ones: that of the director, a filmmaker in his fifties, who reflects on the two great creators in the process of building this film.