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The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz (1955)
"Ensayo de un crimen" (original title)

 -  Comedy | Crime | Drama  -  19 May 1955 (Mexico)
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The delirious journey of a mental disordered man, who is obsessed in making the perfect crime.

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Complete credited cast:
Miroslava ...
Lavinia
Ernesto Alonso ...
Archibaldo de la Cruz
Rita Macedo ...
Patricia Terrazas
Ariadna Welter ...
Carlota Cervantes
Andrea Palma ...
Mrs. Cervantes
Rodolfo Landa ...
Alejandro Rivas
José María Linares-Rivas ...
Willy Corduran (as J.M. Linares Rivas)
Leonor Llausás ...
The Governess
Eva Calvo ...
Señora de la Cruz, Archibaldo's mother
Enrique Díaz 'Indiano' ...
Señor de la Cruz, Archibaldo's father (as Enrique Indiano)
Carlos Riquelme ...
The Commissioner
Chabela Durán ...
Sister Trinidad
Carlos Martínez Baena ...
Priest (as Carlos M. Baena)
Manuel Dondé ...
Colonel at wedding
Armando Velasco ...
Judge
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A bizarre black comedy about a man whose overwhelming ambition in life is to be a renowned serial killer of women, and will stop at nothing to achieve it - but not everything goes according to plan... Written by Michael Brooke <michael@everyman.demon.co.uk>

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burned in my memory for ever
22 August 2008 | by (Greenwich - London) – See all my reviews

I have often cited this as my favourite Bunuel film and one of my favourite films of all. Watching it again after a period of some years, I am surprised that it seems so light and amusing instead of dark and dangerous. I suppose this is partly because when first seen the misogyny, the gleefulness at the prospect of killing a woman, is so shocking, that we notice less the playfulness. Whereas on a subsequent viewing we are less affected, having some idea how things pan out. Is this the only Bunuel film with a seemingly happy ending? There are still, of course, many shocking moments, like the bloody/sexy death of the woman looking after him as a child, the whole business concerning the mannequins (that seems burned in my memory for ever) and the most surprising early death of the nun/nurse. Maybe it's partly that when I watched this in my youth I rightly saw it as stunningly original and displaying conduct contrary to that shown elsewhere, whereas now the old cynic in me has been exposed to much more and is smiling throughout with barely a pause for a gasp. Always going to be fun to watch though.


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