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El (1953)

Approved | | Drama, Romance | 9 July 1953 (Mexico)
A husband's suave exterior unravels after his marriage, and he unleashes his paranoid and volatile temper on his wife, which escalates to more dangerous and unpredictable tantrums.

Director:

Luis Buñuel

Writers:

Luis Buñuel (story), Luis Alcoriza (story) | 3 more credits »
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Cast

Complete credited cast:
Arturo de Córdova ... Francisco Galván de Montemayor
Delia Garcés ... Gloria Vilalta
Aurora Walker Aurora Walker ... Doña Esperanza Vilalta
Carlos Martínez Baena Carlos Martínez Baena ... Padre Velasco
Manuel Dondé ... Pablo
Rafael Banquells ... Ricardo Luján
Fernando Casanova ... Lic. Beltrán
José Pidal José Pidal ... Padre prior
Roberto Meyer Roberto Meyer ... Licenciado
Luis Beristáin ... Raúl Conde
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Storyline

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 marry him. Francisco is a dedicated husband, but little by little his passion starts to exhibit disturbing traits. Nevertheless, Gloria meets with scepticism as she expresses her worries to their acquaintances. Written by Eduardo Casais <eduardo.casais@research.nokia.com>

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Another motion picture from LUIS BUNUEL who gave you the unforgettable "The Young and the Damned" See more »

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Drama | Romance

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Approved | See all certifications »
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Country:

Mexico

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

9 July 1953 (Mexico) See more »

Also Known As:

This Strange Passion See more »

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Production Co:

Producciones Tepeyac See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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Trivia

Buñuel has stated that he was disappointed by the film overall, but proud that French psychoanalyst Jacques Lacan was known to screen the film for his students as an example of paranoia. See more »

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Referenced in Vertigo (1958) See more »

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El (1953) ***
29 August 2006 | by JoeKarlosiSee all my reviews

This was the first film I decided to watch from director Luis Bunuel and I had no idea what to expect from EL going into it, but it really intrigued me in different ways -- not only with the general story, but also in the visual style with which it was realized. There were surprises at every turn, and the acting by the leading man Arturo de Cordova was superb. What began as a pretty standard-looking (though nicely photographed) soap opera wound up transforming into a striking melodrama with some oddly disturbing moments. I don't know how indicative this one movie is of Luis Bunuel's general approach, but if the others are anywhere near as interesting, I look forward to trying them out. He seems ahead of his time, judging by this film.

*** out of ****


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