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Tristana (1970)

PG-13 | | Drama | 29 March 1970 (Spain)
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Shortly after her mother's death, an innocent and youthful woman will find refuge into the household of her middle-aged aristocratic guardian, who will submit her to his sexual advances.

Director:

Luis Buñuel

Writers:

Julio Alejandro, Luis Buñuel (screen story) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 11 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Deneuve ... Tristana
Fernando Rey ... Don Lope
Franco Nero ... Horacio
Lola Gaos ... Saturna
Antonio Casas ... Don Cosme
Jesús Fernández Jesús Fernández ... Saturno
Vicente Soler Vicente Soler ... Don Ambrosio
José Calvo José Calvo ... Campanero
Fernando Cebrián ... Dr. Miquis
Antonio Ferrandis ... Comprador
José María Caffarel ... Don Zenón
Cándida Losada ... Ciudadana
Joaquín Pamplona Joaquín Pamplona ... Don Joaquín
Mary Paz Pondal Mary Paz Pondal ... Muchacha (as María Paz Pondal)
Juanjo Menéndez ... Don Cándido (as Juan José Menéndez)
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Storyline

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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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

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

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Trivia

Franco Nero and Catherine Deneuve reportedly had an affair during the making of this movie. See more »

Quotes

Tristana: I need something else.
Don Ambrosio: I've told you lots of times; get married.
Tristana: How can I marry him, if I can't stand the sight of him?
Don Ambrosio: You have to overcome that unhealthy passion. When he was really doing you harm, you accepted it without a word. And now, when he's behaving so well with you... What more can you ask for?
Tristana: The better he is, the less I love him.
Don Ambrosio: But that's irrational!
Tristana: Yes, I know that perfectly well.
Don Ambrosio: Be careful. There's something diabolical about that bitterness.
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Alternate Versions

Originally released in Europe at 105 minutes. See more »

Connections

Featured in Regarding Buñuel (2000) See more »

Soundtracks

Étude No 12 in C minor, Op 10 'Revolutionary'
Written by Frédéric Chopin
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Morbid Tale of Lost of Innocence
29 June 2012 | by claudio_carvalhoSee all my reviews

In the 30's, in Spain, the teenager Tristana (Catherine Deneuve) becomes an orphan when her mother, who is the servant of Don Lope (Fernando Rey), dies. Don Lope is a decadent but respected aristocrat, anticlerical and liberal with socialist principles, and he becomes the guardian of Tristana. Don Lope sexually abuses of Tristana and develops a strange lover/father relationship with her.

When Tristana meets the painter Horacio (Franco Nero), they fall in love with each other and Tristana flees from Don Lope. However, years later, Horacio brings Tristana back to Don Lope with a terminal disease on her leg. She has a severed leg and survives, and Don Lope asks her hand in marriage. She accepts but now Tristana is a bitter and cynical woman and Don Lope feels the consequence of his acts in the past.

"Tristana" is a morbid tale of lost of innocence by Luis Buñuel. I had seen this film for the last time on 05 Feb 2003 and despite the wonderful performances of Catherine Deneuve and Fernando Rey, it is not among my favorite Buñuel's films. As usual, the director criticizes the Church and the bourgeois class but his famous surrealism is only presented in Tristana's nightmare. My vote is seven.

Title (Brazil): "Tristana"


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Country:

Spain | Italy | France

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

29 March 1970 (Spain) See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,754, 14 October 2012

Gross USA:

$14,586

Cumulative Worldwide Gross:

$14,586
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Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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