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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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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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Probably best watched after Archibaldo....
23 August 2008 | by christopher-underwoodSee all my reviews

Although slightly more melodramatic, I feel this does have the edge over the later, 'Criminal Life of Archibaldo de La Cruz', which covers similar territory with more humour. A gripping and frightening tale of obsession that has a surprisingly large amount of echoes of Hitchcock's later, 'Vertigo' and seemingly that director took the bell tower sequence in its entirety. Still, who cares, great films remain great films, even when their inspiration may be revealed. The ending is low key but we are left in little doubt as to the state of mind of our hero/villain. Great performances help what might have seemed a preposterous tale, ring only too true. Probably best watched after Archibaldo, then the impact will be all the more great.


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