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Happy Birthday Luis Bunuel

Influential Spanish filmmaker Bunuel, in 1928, collaborated with fellow Surrealist Salvador Dali on the film un chien andalou. It, along with Bunuel’s 1930 film L’Age d’Or, influenced hundreds of subsequent directors including David Lynch, David Cronenberg and Guy Maddin. To get inside his head, here’s some quotes from Luis Bunuel:  “Fortunately, somewhere between chance and mystery lies imagination, the only thing that protects our freedom, despite the fact that people keep trying to reduce it or kill it off altogether.” “In the name of Hippocrates, doctors have invented the most exquisite form of torture ever known to man: survival.” and “Frankly, despite my horror of the press, I’d love to rise from the grave every ten years or so and go buy a few newspapers.” Bunuel was born on this day in 1900. Click on his portrait painted by Dali and he’ll show you un chien andalou. It’s only 16 minutes. Be brave. Not dead/Dead since July 29, 1983

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Happy Birthday Robert Altman

Robert Altman directed 89 movies and TV series including Gosford Park, Nashville, The Player, Three Women,  The Long Goodbye, McCabe and Mrs. Miller, Come Back to the Five and Dime, Jimmy Dean, Jimmy Dean, Popeye, Streamers, MASH, and Buffalo Bill and the Indians, or Sitting Bull’s History Lesson. He grew up in Kansas City listening to swing and in 1997 Great Performances asked him to produce a documentary about his youth. This is an excerpt from his Jazz ’34. He was born on this day in 1925. Not dead/Dead since November 20, 2006

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