A Crack in the World: Cinema of Chaos and Transcendence
Dir. Luis Buñuel
The guests at an upper-class dinner party find themselves unable to leave.

In Luis Buñuel’s audacious masterpiece, a group of high-society friends are invited to a mansion for dinner and find themselves inexplicably unable to leave. Full of black comedy and absurdity, this is one of Buñuel’s most ruthless attacks on the rituals and dependencies of the upper classes, illustrating how, with the slightest provocation, this community spirals into total chaos. Sadly, no good-quality film prints with English subtitles exist, so we’ll present it in newly remastered high-definition digital. (1962, 95 min, digital)

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A Crack in the World: Cinema of Chaos and Transcendence

What happens when civilization falls apart? YBCA’s Film/Video curator Joel Shepard has put together eleven cinematic visions of what might happen when society breaks down. In films that span the last century, we survey the unraveling of the individual, to that of families and small groups, and finally the total collapse of the entire world. Pay close attention, however: far from wallowing in despair, this series is intended as a compassionate overview of the fragility of human existence, and the innate ability of the human spirit to cope even in the most dire and terrifying of circumstances.


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