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Lady in the DarkIris Barry and the Art of Film$
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Robert Sitton

Print publication date: 2014

Print ISBN-13: 9780231165785

Published to Columbia Scholarship Online: November 2015

DOI: 10.7312/columbia/9780231165785.001.0001

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L’Affair Buñuel

L’Affair Buñuel

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Lady in the Dark

Robert Sitton

Columbia University Press

Nelson Rockefeller's Office of Inter-American Affairs (OIAA) sought to disseminate the Good Neighbor policy on Latin America through an exchange of films. Iris Barry was tasked with finding experts capable of translating informational film soundtracks, which led her to be alert for filmmakers fluent in Spanish and Portuguese. This chapter focuses on the participants in this film project, including controversial filmmaker Luis Buñuel and other Spanish intellectuals in flight from the Franco regime. It describes how Buñuel, along with the Rockefeller project he worked for, suffered overwhelming animosity from the far right. Buñuel was later seen as a liability due to his alleged ties to Communism and attack of Catholicism.

Keywords:   Nelson Rockefeller, Office of Inter-American Affairs, Good Neighbor policy, film exchange, filmmakers, international films

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