Cet obscur objet du désir (That Obscure Object of Desire). 1977. France/Spain. Directed by Luis Buñuel. Screenplay by Buñuel, Jean-Claude Carrière, “inspired by” Pierre Louÿs’s 1898 novel The Woman and the Puppet. With Fernando Rey, Carole Bouquet, Ángela Molina. In French, Spanish; English subtitles. 103 min.
Buñuel’s last film goes up in flames, literally, in a destructive (or procreative?) act of terrorism, the climax of rich widower Fernando Rey’s exquisitely tortured pursuit of the devilishly elusive “Concha” (played, alternately, by Carole Bouquet and Angela Molina).
35mm print from The Museum of Modern Art; courtesy Rialto Pictures