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Tristana (1970)

PG-13 | | Drama | 29 April 1970 (France)
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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

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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Country:

Spain | Italy | France

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

29 April 1970 (France) See more »

Also Known As:

Тристана See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,153, 23 November 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$12,686, 23 November 2012
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Voted tenth best Spanish film by professionals and critics in 1996 Spanish cinema centenary. See more »

Quotes

Tristana: Be patient my love. Do you think I don't loathe my life as a slave? I want to be free, to work. I wasn't a bad pianist, but when my mother died... If I practiced a little, I could give classes. And you could paint. It would be wonderful.
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Referenced in Settling the Score (2006) See more »

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Étude No 12 in C minor, Op 10 'Revolutionary'
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Dubbing and abrupt transitions ruin it
27 September 2013 | by Movie CriticSee all my reviews

I must have watched a different movie than the reviewers who call this "the top movie of all time" a 10 plus and so forth.

First of all dubbing robs 90% of an actor's abilities and the two main characters are dubbed De Neuve and Fernando Rey..it sounds like a spaghetti western. Also the many times used theme of a Gigi like uncle who falls in love with his niece (charge in this case) is not shocking or particularly interesting. Zola used it in Dr. Pascal.

As another reviewer states this is a novel turned into a movie so all the changes that occur in DeNeuve seem too abrupt as they try to pack 300 pages into an hour and half. Suddenly Tristana is a bitter woman....from an innocent girl. Also please if this is a world quality movie why did the director use that tired old technique of showing the hands only when Tristana is playing the piano.

Also although very minor there were slip ups in the time editing...a modern car can be seen in the back ground of one of the scenes and the train lines were electrified.

I am sure the movie can be micro-analyzed for symbolism and visual cues..on the door of the apartment they live in is the faint white scrawl of a man's face and so forth (death?).I am sure it is flawless in this way...but as far a convincing as to why DeNeuve turns jaded it just doesn't work well---the dubbing and the abruptness mainly...

I did find the main character's hypocrisy good a socialist ordering glazed maroons and living the high life....although in a leftie directors eyes this may not have been intended to be hypocrisy but rather showing his sophistication. God knows that is quite possible.

I did not quite understand the deaf young men's symbolism. Didn't find it worth speculating on.

DO NOT RECOMMEND


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