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Tristana (1970)

PG-13 | | Drama | 29 April 1970 (France)
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
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 <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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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?


The film met with inflexible opposition from censors in Spain's Franco government. Director Luis Buñuel pushed hard for the film's production in 1962, but Francisco Franco's autocratic and pro-Catholic regime objected to the film's subject matter, which they found subversive to the regime. Tristana's seduction and corruption, and Don Lope's dismissive and irreligious rants against the church proved to be insurmountable obstacles to production in the censors' eyes. Buñuel's recent Spanish-produced film Viridiana (1961) had also made the government wary of the director's activities; the film was intended to be the Buñuel's triumphant return to his native land, but it too had proven too subversive for the Franco regime and was almost immediately banned in the country. It took eight more years for the director to convince the censors to let him make this film. See more »


Don Lope: [Consoling Tristana after she's had a bad dream] It's good to have dreams, even if they're frightening... The dead don't dream.
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Referenced in Les pel·lícules del meu pare (2007) See more »


Étude No 12 in C minor, Op 10 'Revolutionary'
Written by Frédéric Chopin
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Buñuel, the genius...
16 November 2006 | by (Spain) – See all my reviews

One of the latest works from the genius of Calanda, he was still stigmatized by Franco's dictatorship and he adapted a text by Benito Pérez Galdós about a young pretty girl (Catherine Deneuve) whose mother dies and has to go to live (and something else) with his stepfather (Fernando Rey).

"Tristana" contains many of the common factors of Buñuel's movies: his total contempt for the ruling sectors of society and the rich people, for hypocrisy and Puritanism; his irreverence, and a wicked and implicit sexual content. Only the man who made "Belle de Jour" would dare to amputate a leg to the goddess Deneuve (one of the most beautiful creatures that ever walked the earth). Fernando Rey plays a typical Spanish "hidalgo" that's come down in the world and that sexually harass his stepdaughter.

So, Buñuel not only hadn't lost his touch with the years, on the contrary, he felt more and more free as the time went by to let his genius flow… *My rate: 8/10

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