Bil’s rating (out of 5): BBBB.5.
Original title: This Strange Passion
Mexico, 1953. Producciones Tepeyac. Story and adaptation by Luis Bunuel, Luis Alcoriza, based on the novel by Mercedes Pinto. Cinematography by Gabriel Figueroa. Produced by Oscar Dancigers. Music by Luis Hernandez Breton. Production Design by Edward Fitzgerald. Costume Design by Henri de Chatillon. Film Editing by Carlos Savage.
One of Luis Bunuel’s most enjoyable, deliciously kinky dramas is this excellent look at love and obsession. On the eve of her wedding to her fiancee, a woman is wooed away from her love by his best friend, a handsome suitor with a fine family background and a huge fortune. Following her marriage, however, she discovers that she is married to a madman who is fixated on keeping her in line, locking her up in her home and accusing her of infidelity every time she just breathes in the direction of another man. It’s dramatic and intense, but also features the brilliantly wry humour that underlies most of Bunuel’s best work.
Cannes Film Festival: In Competition