Aub-‐Buñuel. Production values
LUIS BUÑUEL, SURREALIST, THE GENIUS OF CINEMA
Luis Buñuel is considered by a lot of people the most important Spanish film director of all time and, in any case, the one with a more unique, surreal and personal work. He is also considered by the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences as one of the greats of world cinema. The commitment to Buñuel is always safe because of the everlasting interest of his films and his strong and attractive personality, an aspect in which our documentary gets straight to the point.
MAX AUB, THE FORGOTTEN
Max Aub has been for decades the great forgotten of his generation. A prolific writer, whose novels, essays, articles and plays are considered to be of a high literary level. The cinema has not treated him well, as some of his greatest works have been adapted, but the richness, complexity and high cost have prevented us from seeing in cinema showtimes the most of his literature. He wrote the best lines on exile and its recognition is growing over the last fews years, when the interest in his figure and his work is reborn.
THE THREE GENIUSES: BUÑUEL, DALÍ, LORCA. THE THREE DEFEATED
The relationship between the three great geniuses of the Residencia de Estudiantes (Buñuel, Dalí and Lorca, along with others close to them as Alberti) has been studied and treated recurrently, but in our case we want to study thoroughly into a more intimate aspect –almost psychological–‐ of the consequences of the generational breakdown, the failure in their collective and historical project to modernize Spain after the trauma caused by the coming of dictatorship, war and exile. For Lorca meant the death; to Dali, the self–‐creation of a histrionic, cartoonish and accomplice character of the dictatorship in order to survive and get commercial success; for Buñuel, the painful exile, the difficult survival and expression of personal ghosts through an amazing film work. It is, therefore, an intriguing approach that attempts to go further than the usual ones and has a discursive and intermediary alter ego and: Max Aub.
AUB, THE PROVILEGED OBSERVER
To tell this story from Max Aub´s perspective is an essential attraction. Not for nothing, already in the twenties, from Valencia, he showed interest in his generation companions of the Residencia de Estudiantes. He shared with them illusions, wars, defeats and exiles. He brought an European point of view, advanced for his time, combative and committed to his generation throughout much of the twentieth century. Aub’s involvement in the Buñuel’s project means, basically, a reckoning with his own biography and generation. He couldn’t complete the work, but left what it is now our essential production value.
The tens os hours of unreleased recordings with an exceptional quality of sound that Max Aub recorded between 1969 and 1972,in conversations with his generation fellows and personalities close to Buñuel (Luis Buñuel himself, Salvador Dali, Francisco García Lorca, Louis Aragon, Fernando Rey, Serge Silberman, Gustavo Alatriste, Luis Alcoriza, Alejo Carpentier and Buñuel family, etc.) represent a documentary treasure of incalculable value, an impossible witness about an age that certainly will awaken the curiosity of the spectators. A good selection of voice cuts will allow us to raise an undeniable interest. We intend to contribute to the closing of a full of uncertainties and existential empty stage.
THE AUBIAN MOSAIC
The original approach that Max Aub wanted to give his biographical and generational project on Buñuel –‐and his generation–‐ reconstructed from different and heterogeneous points of view, such as interviews or the vast documentation accumulated. It means a humble and honest way of approaching the truth, and the best way to recognize the value of the documentary film genre to approach an ever unattainable reality. The explanation of the Aubian method provides per se a point of interest to our documentary and to the gender in which we work.
In 2017 we will commemorate the centenary of the arrival of Buñuel to the Residencia de Estudiantes, the first of the great geniuses and friends who come to the birthplace of a great generation (Lorca had arrived in 1919, Dalí, in 1922, and Alberti, in 1923). It is an important event that will have the support of the Residencia de Estudiantes–‐CSIC, Acción Cultural Española (AC/E), and that opens the door to important cultural activities we are preparing; lectures, an exhibition and an international congress, with the documentary as its centerpiece. On the other hand, it commemorates the 75th anniversary of Max Aub’s arrival to Mexico (1942) and the 50th anniversary of Max Aub’s biographical project on Buñuel commissioned by the Aguilar publishing house, an unfinished project that we put in value with Aub–‐Buñuel, the labyrinth of the damned.