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Susana (1951)

 -  Drama  -  1953 (USA)
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An unstable young woman escapes from a reformatory for very, very wayward girls and deceptively finds shelter in the kind home of a frighteningly nice and decent family. Little by little, ... See full summary »

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Fernando Soler ...
Don Guadalupe
Rosita Quintana ...
Susana
Víctor Manuel Mendoza ...
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María Gentil Arcos ...
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Luis López Somoza ...
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Matilde Palou ...
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Rafael Icardo ...
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Enrique del Castillo ...
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An unstable young woman escapes from a reformatory for very, very wayward girls and deceptively finds shelter in the kind home of a frighteningly nice and decent family. Little by little, she causes unrest and discord among the members of the household, until they are virtually fighting with each other. Written by Mark Toscano <fiddybop@uclink4.berkeley.edu>

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Good though not great Bunuel
5 January 2009 | by (Ottawa, Canada) – See all my reviews

This film, judging by some of the reviews on this page, seems to have a provocative effect: one person seems to feel that Susana is evil incarnate and should have been killed. Perhaps that's the point: Bunuel may very well have meant her to be a caricature of the "bad girl." While she uses her sexuality as a weapon, she is merely provoking desires that were always there. The family she inserts herself into is an apparently happy one, and perhaps itself a stereotype, with feelings under the surface waiting to escape, just as Susana herself is an escapee. Her seduction technique is itself pointedly obvious, and Bunuel may very well have been telling something of a joke with this film, neither his best nor worst. And the actress who plays Susana does have nice shoulders.


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