Anymore I can't watch a film by Luis Bunuel without thinking of an interview I read with him in which he said that he cannot be psychoanalyzed because he's just too self-aware already. While I'm self-aware enough to recognize that I could be wrong, I'm pretty sure that's a claim that only the least self-aware people in existence can make. Bunuel's last film, 1977's That Obscure Object of Desire, is said to be a bit autobiographical, and like that Bunuel quote, if it is then it's made by someone who is confident they're at the end of a path they're only halfway down. It's a movie about obsession in many forms, but ultimately in forms that mean destruction from an unnoticed source. Maybe that's Bunuel saying exactly what I'm criticizing him for not saying. Maybe it isn't. I'm not self-aware enough to figure it out.
Pat and I try to hash this one out on this week's Lost in Criterion.