That Obscure Object of Desire (1977) (Blu-ray Review)

That Obscure Object of Desire (1977) (Blu-ray Review)

📅08 February 2013, 17:53


That Obscure Object of Desire (1977) (Blu-ray Review)
Directed By: Luis Bunuel
Starring:  Fernando Rey, Carole Bouquet, Angela Molina
Rated: R/Region: A/16×9/Number of disc: 1
Available from Lionsgate


Just after boarding a train, much to the surprise of his fellow passengers, a man pours a bucket of water over a young girl on the platform. Over the next few hours he explains (and we see in flashback) how he became obsessed by her (so much so that he failed to notice that she was played by two different actresses, representing different sides of her personality), and how she tantalised him, but would never allow him to satisfy his desire for her…


This is a very interesting story here in this one. One of the more unusual things about this movie however is the fact that our lead female character is played by two different female actors. At one time you will get one lady, and then it is the other girl in the very next shot. There are various stories for why this was done. Some say it was drama while other says it was artistic reasons, but it works. It seems very awkward and odd at times, but I’ll be damn if it doesn’t still work. It also helps that the film is laid out in a story being told/flashback type manner that keeps you hooked and interested.

The story here is a very complicated one. It is also a story that somewhat pushes the envelope for its time of 1977. Forget about all the sexual tension and cat and mouse games, I don’t think people these days would take too kindly to a film where a female gets a good trashing at one time from the male lead and still seems to beg him for affection. The 70s were a very different time and this movie shows it and flourishes in this strange cinematic time and environment. Add in a very strong transfer and you have yourself a winner on your hands with this one.


– Arbitrary Desire (Interview with Jean-Claude Carriere)
– Interview with Carlos Saura
– Double Dames (Interview with Carole Bouquet and Angela Molina)
– A Portrait of Luis Banuel (Interview with Pierre Larry and Edmond Richard)





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