The Bu˝uels, Real and Surreal
Diego Bu˝uel, co-host of "Les Nouveaux Explorateurs"
Diego Buñuel, filmmaker and
globetrotting host of the National Geographic Channel's Don't Tell My
Mother series, is the grandson of Spanish filmmaker Luis
Buñuel. Luis and college chum Salvador Dalí first established
themselves among the Surrealist movement with the 1929 short film Un
chien andalou, which jettisoned traditional narrative for disturbing
Freudian imagery presented through free association. Luis's filmmaking
career lasted almost until his death in 1983, and he continued to use surrealistic
elements and non-traditional narrative techniques in his work. His films
won multiple awards, including the Cannes Film Festival's Palme d'Or (for
1961's Viridiana) and the Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film (for
1972's Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie ). The
younger Buñuel, who grew up in France, was eight years old when his
grandfather died. Diego entered television reporting as a war
correspondent after being stationed in Sarajevo in 2000 during his French
military service. For five years he covered the world's hot spots, from Afghanistan to Kuwait.
He coined the name for his Nat Geo series after repeatedly asking co-workers
not to tell his mother where he was going for his dangerous assignments. Travel
enthusiast Diego also co-hosts the French TV series Les Nouveaux
Late Spanish filmmaker Luis Bu˝uel
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