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Wuthering Heights (1954)

Abismos de pasión (original title)
| Drama, Romance | 1954 (USA)
A partial retelling of Wuthering Heights in 19th century Mexico.


Luis Buñuel


Emily Brontë (novel), Luis Buñuel (story) | 3 more credits »




Complete credited cast:
Irasema Dilián ... Catalina (as Irasema Dilian)
Jorge Mistral ... Alejandro
Lilia Prado ... Isabel
Ernesto Alonso ... Eduardo
Francisco Reiguera ... José
Hortensia Santoveña ... María
Jaime González Quiñones Jaime González Quiñones ... Jorge (as Jaime González)
Luis Aceves Castañeda ... Ricardo


Gone several years, the brooding Alejandro returns to the hacienda of his foster sister, Catalina, whom he loves, to find her married to the wealthy and effete Eduardo. Alejandro hates Eduardo and Catalina's brother Ricardo; he's rich now and has a lien on the drunken Ricardo's ranch. He also wants Catalina to run away with him. She loves him as if he was her soul, but she also loves Eduardo and is pregnant, so she won't leave. She wants Alejandro to stay nearby, a soul mate, but he, ruled by instinct and passion, stays only to hurt her. He woos Isabel, Eduardo's impressionable young sister. The passions of impossible love and corrosive hate play out against Mexico's barren high chaparral. Written by <jhailey@hotmail.com>

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Producer Óscar Dancigers would only allow Luis Buñuel to make the film if he used a stock cast Dancigers had prepared for a musical comedy. Bunuel used them, but was ultimately very displeased with their acting. See more »


Version of Wuthering Heights (1959) See more »


from "Tristan und Isolde"
Composed by Richard Wagner
Performed by Raúl Lavista & Orquesta de la Sección de Filarmónicos del S.T.P.C. de la R.M.
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Brontë and Bunuel--not to be missed
16 May 2005 | by Red-125See all my reviews

Abismos de pasión (1954) is Emily Brontë's Wuthering Heights, directed and co-scripted by Luis Buñuel.

This film was produced in Mexico, where Buñuel lived for 20 years as an exile from Franco's Spain. Believe it or not, the film works. Colonial Mexico in 1800 probably had many similarities to the rigid, socially conscious society of England at the same period. Buñuel's film is set in rural Mexico, in an region as isolated as the English moors.

Jorge Mistral plays Alejandro (Heathcliff), Irasema Dilián plays Catalina (Catherine), and Ernesto Alonso is Eduardo (Edgar). These actors were apparently popular Mexican stars of the time, and they play their roles with a ferocious intensity that fits Brontë's writing style.

The whole effort has an over-the-top quality to it, but, when you think about it, so does Wuthering Heights. Abismos de pasión isn't a film for everyone, but it's a must for Buñuel buffs.

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1954 (USA) See more »

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Producciones Tepeyac See more »
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Sound Mix:

Mono (RCA High Fidelity)

Aspect Ratio:

1.37 : 1
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