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The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz ()

Ensayo de un crimen (original title)
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The delirious journey of a mental disordered man, who is obsessed in making the perfect crime.

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Lavinia
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Archibaldo de la Cruz
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Patricia Terrazas
Ariadne Welter ...
Carlota Cervantes (as Ariadna Welter)
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Mrs. Cervantes
Rodolfo Landa ...
Alejandro Rivas
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Willy Corduran (as J.M. Linares Rivas)
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The Governess
Eva Calvo ...
Señora de la Cruz, Archibaldo's mother
Enrique Díaz 'Indiano' ...
Señor de la Cruz, Archibaldo's father (as Enrique Indiano)
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The Commissioner
Chabela Durán ...
Sister Trinidad
Carlos Martínez Baena ...
Priest (as Carlos M. Baena)
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Colonel at wedding
Armando Velasco ...
Judge
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Armando Acosta ...
Man at Gordo's (uncredited)
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Gordo Azuara (uncredited)
Janet Alcoriza ...
American tourist (uncredited)
Rafael Banquells hijo ...
Archibaldo as a boy (uncredited)
Antonio Bravo ...
Antiques dealer (uncredited)
Emilio Brillas ...
Mannequin maker (uncredited)
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Maid at Carlota's home (uncredited)
Jorge Casanova ...
Draftsman (uncredited)
Jorge Chesterking ...
Tourist from Oklahoma (uncredited)
Ángel Di Stefani ...
Police agent (uncredited)
Enedina Díaz de León ...
Maid (uncredited)
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Chucho (uncredited)
Jesús Gómez ...
López - policeman (uncredited)
Leonor Gómez ...
Waitress (uncredited)
Elodia Hernández ...
Dress shop owner (uncredited)
Francisco Ledesma ...
Antique shop asst. (uncredited)
Salvador Lozano ...
Gambler (uncredited)
Ángel Merino ...
Handwriting expert (uncredited)
Roberto Meyer ...
Doctor (uncredited)
José Peña ...
Esteban (uncredited)
Ignacio Peón ...
Wedding guest (uncredited)

Directed by

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Luis Buñuel

Written by

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Luis Buñuel ... (screenplay & adaptation)
 
Eduardo Ugarte ... (screenplay & adaptation)
 
Rodolfo Usigli ... (novel "Ensayo de un crimen")

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Roberto Figueroa ... executive producer
Alfonso Patiño Gómez ... producer

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Jorge Pérez

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Agustín Jiménez

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Jorge Busto ... (as Jorge Bustos)
Pablo Gómez

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José Lee Ilo ... assistant editor

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Manuel de Anda

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Jesús Bracho

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Manuel Ladrón de Guevara ... (as Manuel L. Guevara)

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María de Jesús Lepe ... hair stylist
Sara Mateos ... makeup artist

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Luis Abadié ... first assistant director

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Rodolfo Benítez ... dialogue recordist
Teódulo Bustos ... sound editor
Ernesto Caballero ... sound recordist
Gonzalo Gavira ... incidental sound effects
Lenin Rojo ... Audio Film Restorer

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Gabriel Castro ... lighting technician
Fernando Galicia ... assistant camera
Sergio Véjar ... camera operator

Music Department

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Enrique Rodríguez ... music recordist

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Pedro López ... script supervisor

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Plot Summary

With a strange and powerful obsession stemming from a pampered childhood during the tumultuous years of the Mexican Revolution, the affluent bachelor and suave ceramist, Archibaldo de la Cruz, oscillates effortlessly between fantasy and reality, desire and hallucination. Compelled to taste again and again the delicious fruit of depravity that triggers an intense dark satisfaction, Archibaldo won't shy away from using one of his many shave-ready straight razors, bent on going to great lengths to quench his lust. Undoubtedly, death encircles the scheming Archibaldo, and the targets are always innocent women; however, is he truly capable of murder? Written by Nick Riganas

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Also Known As
  • Rehearsal for a Crime (World-wide, English title)
  • The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz (World-wide, English title)
  • The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz (United States)
  • La vie criminelle d'Archibald de la Cruz (France)
  • La vie criminelle d'Archibald de la Cruz (Belgium, French title)
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Trivia The movie was shot in the middle of a big economic crisis for the Mexican cinema. Production was about to be shot down a few times and the famous scene with the mannequin being cremated was filmed only once because they couldn't afford another mannequin. See more »
Movie Connections Featured in Miroslava (1993). See more »

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