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Buñuel and religion


Papal assassination
Jean-Claude Carrière Film-maker
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In The Milky Way, the scene where the little girls are rehearsing with Agnes Capri, and then someone one of the two pilgrims listens to it and believes he heard the sound of gunshot and sees a picture of the Pope being shot, which is a dream, is obviously a strong scene as it contrasts sharply with the little girls, but at the same time, you could say it is immediately saved by Buñuel's humour as he gets the other character to say, 'You know, a pope being shot, you can be sure you'll never see that'.

Oui, c’est une prophétie presque. Dans La Voie lactée la scène ou Agnès Capri fait répéter les petites filles qui récitent et puis quelqu’un… un des deux pèlerins écoute cela et croit entendre des coups de feu et voit une image du pape fusillé, ce qui est un rêve, évidement c’est une scène très forte parce qu’elle est en contraste avec les petites filles, mais en même temps elle est immédiatement sauvée si on peut dire par l’humour de Buñuel qui fait dire à l’autre personne: «Ca, un pape fusillé, rassure-toi, tu ne verras jamais…».

French screenwriter Jean-Claude Carrière (1931-2021) began his association with films aged 24 when he was selected by Jacques Tati to write for him. This early experience led to further contact with other film-makers, including Luis Buñuel with whom Carrière collaborated for many years. He wrote screenplays for films including Belle de Jour, The Discreet Charms of the Bourgeoisie, Tin Drum and Danton.

Listeners: Andrzej Wolski

Film director and documentary maker, Andrzej Wolski has made around 40 films since 1982 for French television, the BBC, TVP and other TV networks. He specializes in portraits and in historical films. Films that he has directed or written the screenplay for include Kultura, which he co-directed with Agnieszka Holland, and KOR which presents the history of the Worker’s Defence Committee as told by its members. Andrzej Wolski has received many awards for his work, including the UNESCO Grand Prix at the Festival du Film d’Art.

Tags: The Milky Way, The Pope, Luis Buñuel

Duration: 32 seconds

Date story recorded: January 2010

Date story went live: 27 July 2010