El (This Strange Passion) (Torments)1953
El (This Strange Passion) (Torments) (1953)
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Critic Reviews for El (This Strange Passion) (Torments)
Released at the pinnacle of his prolific Mexican period, Él (This Strange Passion) remains one of Buñuel's crowning achievements.
The hero's wonderful crooked walk in the final shot seems the perfect emblem of Bunuel's own sly subversion in adverse circumstances.
[El] boasts an exceptionally fine cast, excellent direction and all-around good production values. But, more important, it has a sound story line.
El (This Strange Passion) seems to me is a prodigious movie because all of its parts form a perfect mechanism. [Full Review in Spanish]
A melodrama of derangement and a derangement of melodrama, Buñuel's study of churning jealousy lays bare the torment behind aristocratic chauvinism
Audience Reviews for El (This Strange Passion) (Torments)
Gloria's passivity and determination to believe a man she barely knows becomes all the more exasperating as the narrative unfolds, but Buñuel creates a gripping portrait of male dominance, abuse and paranoia with a cynical last scene that couldn't be more meaningful.
one of the best bunuels i have seen. what a shame these mexican films are so overlooked in favor of his later french period. this one would do hitchcock proud and indeed he seems to have 'borrowed' a certain scene for the famous vertigo finale. much of the film would be funny if it wasn't so damn true to life
The usual Buñuel flick, enough feet fap material for a full fetish party, his usual attacks to the high class and the catholic church. Arturo de Cordova in extra ham mode, with the crazy eyes and everything going on. I felt the ending was not as strong as the rest of the movie, thus why i don't rate this higher.
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