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The Umbilical Cord Gag in Luis Buñuel's Subida al cielo (1951)

Evans, J; Viejo, B; (2018) The Umbilical Cord Gag in Luis Buñuel's Subida al cielo (1951). Bulletin of Spanish Studies 10.1080/14753820.2018.1456012. (In press). Green open access

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Abstract

This article examines the umbilical cord sequence in Luis Buñuel’s Subida al cielo (Mexico, 1951), and traces the comical ties that so often bind Buñuel's characters to their parents, back to a poem titled ‘Mojigatería’ which Buñuel wrote in the 1920s. The article then uses this connection to propose that the brief Oedipal-umbilical cord gag inserted into the otherwise mainstream narrative of Subida al cielo illustrates the vital importance of the visual gag to Buñuel’s film legacy. The article also reveals and discusses the acute insights his fascination for psychoanalysis, Surrealism and amour fou allow into the unconscious drives that fuel our relationship to the film screen and our cinephilia.

Type: Article
Title: The Umbilical Cord Gag in Luis Buñuel's Subida al cielo (1951)
Open access status: An open access version is available from UCL Discovery
DOI: 10.1080/14753820.2018.1456012
Publisher version: https://doi.org/10.1080/14753820.2018.1456012
Language: English
Additional information: This version is the author accepted manuscript. For information on re-use, please refer to the publisher’s terms and conditions.
Keywords: Spanish cinema, Luis Buñuel, Subida al cielo, amour fou, cinephilia, Sigmund Freud, Siegfried Kracauer, Mariolatry, Surrealism
UCL classification: UCL
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URI: https://discovery.ucl.ac.uk/id/eprint/10052559
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