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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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Lola Gaos ...
Saturna
Antonio Casas ...
Don Cosme
Jesús Fernández ...
Saturno
Vicente Soler ...
Don Ambrosio
José Calvo ...
Campanero
Fernando Cebrián ...
Dr. Miquis
Antonio Ferrandis ...
Comprador
José María Caffarel ...
Don Zenón
Cándida Losada ...
Ciudadana
Joaquín Pamplona ...
Don Joaquín
Mary Paz Pondal ...
Muchacha (as María Paz Pondal)
Juanjo Menéndez ...
Don Cándido (as Juan José Menéndez)
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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 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

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

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29 April 1970 (France)  »

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Тристана  »

Box Office

Opening Weekend:

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

Gross:

$12,686 (USA) (21 November 2012)
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1.66 : 1
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Trivia

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 »

Quotes

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 Settling the Score (2006) See more »

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Étude No 12 in C minor, Op 10 'Revolutionary'
Written by Frédéric Chopin
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Yet another Buñuel masterpiece.
23 October 2005 | by (United Kingdom) – See all my reviews

Luis Buñuel had a mastery of screen technique attained by very few directors. Confronted by the script of Tristana, what contemporary director would know where to start?

Buñuel's attention to detail is extraordinary. Every scene is packed with visual interest. In some strange way, the decor forms an essential part of the structure; it is a facet of Buñuel's unique vision. Moreover, he not only knows exactly when to end a sequence, but how to end it. For instance, when Don Lope (Rey) puts down the dog and walks away, the camera follows not him but the dog: an endearing and brilliant touch, and there are many more. Compelling throughout, even spellbinding.

If this film were a framed picture hanging in a gallery, thousands would come to see it and Buñuel would be acclaimed as a great artist. He was a great artist, in fact, but the cinema is an ephemeral form and people forget. We need to buy the videos and watch these fine movies from time to time, just to remind ourselves that a film can be a significant art form and not merely a commercial product cynically synthesised to extract the largest amount of money from the greatest number of people.


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