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Buñuel/Zachary Scott mss., 1956-1967

Summary Information

Lilly Library (Indiana University, Bloomington)
Lilly Library
Indiana University
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Buñuel, Luis.

Buñuel/Zachary Scott mss., 1956-1967

Collection No.
LMC 2740

40 items

Materials are in English

Consists of papers relating to a proposed film adaptation of Malcolm Lowry's semi-autobiographical novel Under the Volcano (1947), to have been directed by Luis Buñuel and to have starred Zachary Scott.

Access Restrictions

This collection is open for research.

Biographical Note

Regarded as the "father of cinematic Surrealism," Luis Buñuel (1900-1983) was born in Calanda, Spain and attended college at the University of Madrid. At Madrid, he befriended the painter Salvador Dalí and the poet Federico García Lorca. In 1929, Buñuel and Dalí co-wrote the groundbreaking Surrealist short film Un Chien Andalou, which also marked Buñuel's directorial debut. Buñuel went on to direct several internationally acclaimed motion pictures, including L'Age d'Or (1930), The Young and the Damned (1950), The Exterminating Angel (1962), Diary of a Chambermaid (1964), Belle de Jour (1967), and The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972).

Zachary Scott (1914-1965) was an American actor who became typecast as villains or enigmatic characters over the course of his career. The Southerner (1945), Mildred Pierce (1945), The Unfaithful (1947), Ruthless (1948), Flamingo Road (1949), Shadow on the Wall (1950), Appointment in Honduras (1955), and Natchez Trace (1960) are among his film credits. Scott also starred in one of Luis Buñuel's first English-language films, The Young One (1960), and was preparing for the most significant role of his career: Geoffrey Firmin, the protagonist of Under the Volcano, an alcoholic British consul living his final days in 1939 Mexico. (A letter from Buñuel in the collection reads: "Please tell Zachary that the Volcano has to be made with him as the Consul or it will not be me.") In 1965, before production began, Scott died suddenly of a brain tumor at the age of 51. Lowry's novel would undergo several attempts by various filmmakers to reach the screen until John Huston's adaptation in 1984. Huston's film, also titled Under the Volcano, starred Albert Finney in the role intended for Zachary Scott.

Scope and Content Note

The collection consists of papers relating to a proposed film adaptation of Malcolm Lowry's semi-autobiographical novel Under the Volcano, to have been directed by Luis Buñuel and to have starred Zachary Scott. Included in the collection are correspondence, script treatments, newspaper clippings, and a contract. The correspondents include Luis Buñuel; his son, Juan Luis Buñuel; Zachary Scott; and Scott's wife, actress Ruth Ford.

Administrative Information

Acquisition Information
Acquired: 2011
Usage Restrictions
Prior arrangements are not necessary before coming to the Library, however, patrons from out of town are encouraged to communicate with the Library in advance of their visits to ascertain availability of materials.

Photocopying permitted only with permission of the Curator of Manuscripts, Lilly Library.

Preferred Citation
[Item], Buñuel/Zachary Scott mss., Lilly Library, Indiana University, Bloomington, Indiana.
Processing Information
Processed by Craig Simpson.

Completed in 2011.

Series: Box 1 Collection

Correspondence, 1964-1969

Script treatment, Under the Volcano, undated

(2 folders)

Script treatments, Under the Volcano , by Harvey Breit, undated

Newspaper clippings, 1959-1962

Contract, 1956

Biographical information and photograph of Zachary Scott, undated

Programs and other materials, undated