El (This Strange Passion)


(out of 5)

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.

Mexico, 1953

Directed by

Story and adaptation by Luis Bunuel, , based on the novel by

Cinematography by

Produced by

Music by

Production Design by

Costume Design by

Film Editing by

Cannes Film Festival 1953


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