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Au rendez-vous de la mort joyeuse

Of the many movies on my very long yet-to-see list, I was able to shorten it by one film on an evening that, as I would soon learn, was only several weeks after its director, Juan Luis Buñuel, had passed away. This is notable because nowadays every cult movie buff posts condolences online for her or his favorite filmmakers, and I don’t recall seeing anything about Juan Luis Buñuel. Which is not to say that he was as seminal as Tobe Hooper or George Romero, who sadly both passed away last year, leading generations of film fans and critics in general, not just horror, to lament. But Juan Louis Buñuel, albeit lesser known, made a meaningful contribution to, and has had an arguably lasting influence on, horror film in the form of Au rendez-vous de la mort joyeuse (1973), also known as At the Meeting with Joyous Death, or Expulsion of the Devil in the US. This film is much more than a footnote in Gérard Depardieu’s acting career or an anomaly made by the son of the master Luis Buñuel. In …
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