Midday with Buñuel
Memories and Sketches, 1973-1983
Distributed for Swan Isle Press
The text includes sketches, vignettes, and anecdotes from Isaac’s notebooks, revealing his perspective first as a precocious boy and then as a young man. Isaac reflects on Buñuel’s presence among a community of exiles, artists, actors, writers, and intellectuals in Mexico City. These are at once touching, perceptive, and critical glimpses into Buñuel’s roles as husband and father, friend and colleague, surrealist, philosopher, and iconoclast during his last years. Throughout, Isaac’s words reveal his deep admiration and affection for an older friend full of contradictions. Intimate photographs from the Isaac family archive complement the writing, and Bryan Thomas Scoular’s careful translation makes this text available for the first time in English.
Part biography, part memoir, Midday with Buñuel brings to life the creative milieu of Mexico City and gives readers a privileged view of the relationship between these two filmmakers.
“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.”