MOVIEmeter
SEE RANK
Up 383 this week

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

8.0
Your rating:
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Ratings: 8.0/10 from 3,009 users  
Reviews: 15 user | 27 critic

The delirious journey of a mental disordered man, who is obsessed in making the perfect crime.

Director:

Writers:

(screenplay), (screenplay), 1 more credit »
0Check in
0Share...

User Lists

Related lists from IMDb users

a list of 28 titles
created 04 Feb 2012
 
a list of 24 titles
created 19 Dec 2012
 
a list of 40 titles
created 19 Jul 2013
 
a list of 32 titles
created 28 Nov 2013
 
a list of 25 titles
created 1 month ago
 

Connect with IMDb


Share this Rating

Title: The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz (1955)

The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz (1955) on IMDb 8/10

Want to share IMDb's rating on your own site? Use the HTML below.

Take The Quiz!

Test your knowledge of The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz.
1 win & 7 nominations. See more awards »

Photos

Learn more

People who liked this also liked... 

Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

One of Luis Bunuel's most free-form and purely Surrealist films, consisting of a series of only vaguely related episodes - most famously, the dinner party scene where people sit on ... See full summary »

Director: Luis Buñuel
Stars: Jean-Claude Brialy, Adolfo Celi, Michel Piccoli
Viridiana (1961)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.3/10 X  

Viridiana, a young nun about to take her final vows, pays a visit to her widowed uncle at the request of her Mother Superior.

Director: Luis Buñuel
Stars: Silvia Pinal, Fernando Rey, Francisco Rabal
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8.2/10 X  

The guests at an upper-class dinner party find themselves unable to leave.

Director: Luis Buñuel
Stars: Silvia Pinal, Jacqueline Andere, Enrique Rambal
Comedy | Drama | Romance
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Just after boarding a train, much to the surprise of his fellow passengers, a man pours a bucket of water over a young girl on the platform. Over the next few hours he explains (and we see ... See full summary »

Director: Luis Buñuel
Stars: Fernando Rey, Carole Bouquet, Ángela Molina
Comedy | Drama | Fantasy
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

A surreal, virtually plotless series of dreams centered around six middle-class people and their consistently interrupted attempts to have a meal together.

Director: Luis Buñuel
Stars: Fernando Rey, Delphine Seyrig, Paul Frankeur
Belle de Jour (1967)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

A frigid young housewife decides to spend her midweek afternoons as a prostitute.

Director: Luis Buñuel
Stars: Catherine Deneuve, Jean Sorel, Michel Piccoli
El (1953)
Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.8/10 X  

Francisco is rich, rather strict on principles, and still a bachelor. After meeting Gloria by accident, he is suddenly intent on her becoming his wife and courts her until she agrees to ... See full summary »

Director: Luis Buñuel
Stars: Arturo de Córdova, Delia Garcés, Aurora Walker
Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.9/10 X  

A surrealistic film with input from Salvador Dalí. Director Luis Buñuel presents stark, surrealistic images including the slitting open of a woman's eye and a dead horse being pulled along ... See full summary »

Director: Luis Buñuel
Stars: Pierre Batcheff, Simone Mareuil, Luis Buñuel
Comedy | Drama
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 8/10 X  

Alberto Medina is a very famous composer and is on a field trip when his car runs out of gas and goes downhill. While looking for help, he finds the Valverdes' house and is welcome by ... See full summary »

Director: Rogelio A. González
Stars: Pedro Infante, Miroslava, Blanca de Castejón
Le moine (1972)
Drama | Horror
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 5.9/10 X  

Ambrosio (Franco Nero) is a monk who is sexually tempted by an emissary of the Devil, a young girl in monk's robes. After he has committed numerous crimes, it appears that he will be caught... See full summary »

Director: Adonis Kyrou
Stars: Franco Nero, Nathalie Delon, Nicol Williamson
Short | History
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 -/10 X  
Director: Luis Buñuel
Documentary | Short
    1 2 3 4 5 6 7 8 9 10 7.6/10 X  

A surrealistic documentary portrait of the region of Las Hurdes, a remote region of Spain where civilisation has barely developed, showing how the local peasants try to survive without even the most basic utilities and skills.

Director: Luis Buñuel
Stars: Abel Jacquin, Alexandre O'Neill
Edit

Cast

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
Edit

Storyline

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>

Plot Summary | Add Synopsis

Genres:

Comedy | Crime | Drama

Edit

Details

Country:

Language:

Release Date:

19 May 1955 (Mexico)  »

Also Known As:

The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz  »

Company Credits

Show detailed on  »

Technical Specs

Runtime:

Sound Mix:

Aspect Ratio:

1.33 : 1
See  »
Edit

Did You Know?

Trivia

The movie was shot in the middle of a big economic crisis for the Mexican cinema. Production was about to be shot down a few times and the famous scene with the mannequin being cremated was filmed only once because they couldn't afford another mannequin. See more »

Connections

Featured in Miroslava (1993) See more »

Frequently Asked Questions

This FAQ is empty. Add the first question.

User Reviews

 
"Our memory is our coherence, our reason, our feeling, even our action."
20 September 2007 | by (Virginia, USA) – See all my reviews

I don't understand why some reviewers call "Criminal Life of Archibaldo De La Cruz" (1955) - "minor" Bunuel. The only "minor" about this (and many his films) is its running time, only 89 minutes but all his films are enigmatic, odd, charming, and always brilliant. I consider Bunuel one of the best and original filmmakers ever and nothing he had done is minor for me.

"Criminal Life of Archibaldo De La Cruz is B/W comedy of Don Luis' Mexican period which is surreal, disturbing, erotic and funny satire about a perverted young wealthy man, an amateur sculptor. Since he was a boy, and one evening witnessed the sudden death of his young attractive governess and became sexually exited by it, Archibaldo De La Cruz dreams of committing a perfect crime of an attractive woman to recreate the feeling but something always prevents him from fulfilling his dreams. It does not mean that the deaths would not occur -it is just that Archibaldo can't take a credit for them. As he often did with his even unlikable and perverse characters, Bunuel gives some of his own sexual fantasies, fetishes, and dreams that he freely admits to Archibaldo thus making him more human and sympathetic.


7 of 9 people found this review helpful.  Was this review helpful to you?

Message Boards

Recent Posts
Lavinia shawnevans666

Contribute to This Page

Create a character page for:
?