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Adrian Martin

Adrian Martin is an Australian-born film critic based in Spain; his website, covering forty years of writing, is at

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That Obscure Object of Desire: Desire, Denuded

Luis Buñuel weaved together multiple strands of his artistry in his final film, which blends the surrealism of his early years, the melodrama of his 1950s work, and the elegant erotic comedy of his late career.

By Adrian Martin

The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie: More and Less

Crazy things keep happening in Luis Buñuel’s perverse comedy of manners, a film that coolly deconstructs itself at every turn.

By Adrian Martin

Luis Buñuel: Eternal Surrealist

With a mixture of intuition, craft, and an endless curiosity about how cinema can be used to shock and provoke, the Spanish master left us with a rich body of work that stands as a testament to the power of surrealism.

By Adrian Martin

L’argent: The Weight of the World

A forged note brings chaos and corruption to the lives of everyone it touches in Robert Bresson’s devastating final film.

By Adrian Martin

A River Called Titas: River of No Return

A beloved filmmaker in India, the Bengali director Ritwik Ghatak digs into his region’s traumatic history in this epic melodrama.

By Adrian Martin

Days of Heaven: On Earth as It Is in Heaven

Like many American directors who emerged in the early 1970s, Terrence Malick went to film school—to the American Film Institute, where, indeed, his fellow students included Paul Schrader and David Lynch. But unlike many film school graduates, Malic

By Adrian Martin

Cléo from 5 to 7: Passionate Time

There have been many films, from Alfred Hitchcock’s Rope (1948) to Alexander Sokurov’s Russian Ark (2002), devoted to the challenge of capturing or reconstituting the experience of “real time.” Agnès Varda’s 1961 Cléo from 5 to 7—an acc

By Adrian Martin

Masculin féminin: The Young Man for All Times

In one of the great films of the sixties, Jean-Luc Godard takes an irreverent look at the “children of Marx and Coca-Cola,” carried along by the first great tidal wave of pop culture consumption.

By Adrian Martin