Midday with Buñuel: Memories and Sketches, 1973-1983

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Swan Isle Press
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5.91 X 8.56 X 0.76 inches | 0.75 pounds

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About the Author

Claudio Isaac is a filmmaker, painter, novelist, poet, and contributor to various cultural journals and television arts programming in Mexico. Among his most recent films are Eraclio Zepeda: Una mañana de mayo and Vlady: Pintar or morir. He is the author of Alma húmeda. He lives in Mexico City.


"In a series of vignettes, dialogues, and journal entries, Claudio Isaac gives us a fascinating glimpse of Buñuel and his wife Jeanne Rucar and their friendship with a young man--fifty-seven years younger--who is making his way in the world of Mexican cinema. It is a vivid, memorable portrait. Affectionately, Isaac deals with Buñuel's contradictions--his dogmatism and tenderness, his love and his contempt for cinema, his shyness and his exhibitionism--and his struggle against thoughtless 'deification."

--Christopher Maurer "Christopher Maurer"

Winner of the 2007 ForeWord BOOK OF THE YEAR Silver Award

--Silver Award Winner, Biography "ForeWord 2007 Book of the Year Award"
"Just when Buñuel experts thought everything had been told about the Spanish surrealist auteur comes Midday with Buñuel: Memories and Sketches, 1973-1983, a new collection of anecdotes and remembrances by Claudio Isaac. . . . Isaac's recollections of his very personal and enriching friendship with Buñuel are peppered with a variety of unpublished photographs, many of which transport the reader to another era. . . . His memories of the director fill a void in the historical record, for they become the first memories of a young Isaac, engaging with the elder surrealist for the better part of two decades in a teacher-student relationship about film, culture, obsessions, and ultimately life. . . .The English edition has been wonderfully illustrated and masterfully cared for by Swan Isle Press."--Gerardo T. Cummings Rendón "Hecho Teatral" (11/1/2009 12:00:00 AM)
"I was both charmed and moved by Midday with Buñuel, Mexican filmmaker and writer Claudio Isaac's personal and very poetic recollection of his friendship with his mentor, the Spanish surrealist Luis Buñuel."-- "C. M. Mayo"
"It's an honor, indeed I'm glad, to join in giving a warm reception to a book that has given me many delightful moments."--Enrique Vila-Matas, author of Bartleby & Co.--Enrique Vila-Matas "Enrique Vila-Matas"
"This is an essential book to discover the more intimate Buñuel. The view of a young Claudio Isaac, with photographs and sketches illustrating his memories, provides us exceptional insight into those human and hidden aspects beyond the public persona of this brilliant film director."--Javier Espada, director, Fundación Centro Buñuel de Calanda--Javier Espada "Javier Espada"