Tristana (1970)

PG-13  |   |  Drama  |  29 April 1970 (France)
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When the young woman Tristana's mother dies, she is entrusted to the guardianship of the well-respected though old Don Lope. Don Lope is well-liked and well-known because of his honorable ... See full summary »



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Cast overview, first billed only:
Lola Gaos ...
Antonio Casas ...
Don Cosme
Jesús Fernández ...
Vicente Soler ...
Don Ambrosio
José Calvo ...
Fernando Cebrián ...
Dr. Miquis
Antonio Ferrandis ...
José María Caffarel ...
Don Zenón
Cándida Losada ...
Joaquín Pamplona ...
Don Joaquín
Mary Paz Pondal ...
Muchacha (as María Paz Pondal)
Juanjo Menéndez ...
Don Cándido (as Juan José Menéndez)


When the young woman Tristana's mother dies, she is entrusted to the guardianship of the well-respected though old Don Lope. Don Lope is well-liked and well-known because of his honorable nature, despite his socialistic views about business and religion. But Don Lope's one weakness is women, and he falls for the innocent girl in his charge, seduces her, makes her his lover, though all the while explaining to her that she is as free as he. But when she acts on this freedom, Don Lope must deal with the consequences of his world-view. Written by Gary Dickerson <>

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Somewhere between the innocent girl and the not so innocent mistress is the bizarre, sensuous story of Tristana



Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and some disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Release Date:

29 April 1970 (France)  »

Also Known As:

Тристана  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

$4,153 (USA) (21 November 2012)


$12,686 (USA) (21 November 2012)

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Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Did You Know?


Luis Buñuel was a big fan of the works of Benito Pérez Galdós, the author of the novel which served as the source material for this film. However, Buñuel was quite critical of this particular Galdós novel, which shares the same name as this film. Buñuel found the novel to be kitschy, predictable, and among the author's worst works. Nonetheless, the director believed that it would make an excellent film translation, and worked to get the film produced for many years. See more »


Don Lope: After all, life isn't as dark as many believe. It's snowing heavily. But we're warm in here.
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Referenced in Bunuel and King Solomon's Table (2001) See more »


Étude No 12 in C minor, Op 10 'Revolutionary'
by Frédéric Chopin
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For viewers 'Tristana' might be an important film but it lacks criticism and sharpness for which Luis Buñuel was famous.
29 September 2014 | by (Paris,France) – See all my reviews

It is true that Spanish film 'Tristana' is considered an important work in the cinematographic career of Luis Buñuel. It has all the necessary ingredients to make it extremely appealing to viewers namely an excellent cast of versatile actors: Fernando Rey and Catherine Deneuve. For making it, Buñuel chose to adapt realist novelist Benito Perez Galdoz's eponymous novel. However, despite all these strong points, Tristana lacks the criticism and sharpness which one finds in most films made by Buñuel especially films in which he has made mockery of organized religion and its practices. Tristana does not succeed much as it appears as a plain drama. The sad thing is that criticism of Spanish nobility and its members' lifestyle is missing from this film. What viewers get to see are a series of dramatic situations which unroll in quick succession. This is one reason why even no commentary has been made about the role of freedom for Spanish women who wanted to get rid of dominating male influence in their lives. This is strange as it was something which Buñuel wanted to portray in his film.

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