bunuel.jpgWhile he's primarily known for his French language films and his surrealist collaboration with artist Salvador Dalí, the series of movies Luis Buñuel made in Mexico in Spanish from the late '40s through the '60s are also delightfully weird and perfectly wonderful.

Instituto Cervantes, the Spanish Cultural Center of New York is sponsoring a program of these films "The Mexican Cinema of Luis Buñuel" running now through Nov 19 as a part of their Mexico Now festival. All the films are free, and there's a different screening at 6 and 8 pm, on Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays for the next three weeks. Nicely enough, they're also showing the films in chronological order of their filming, making it possible to see the progression of Buñuel's artistic intent.

Tonight, see Susana about a wayward orphan (1951) at 6 pm and A Woman Without Love, which is based on the Guy de Maupassant story, (1951) at 8 pm. The Instituto is located at 211-215 E. 49th St between Second and Third Avenues.