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Criminal Life of Archibaldo De La Cruz / This Strange Passion [DVD]

Arturo de Córdova , Delia Garcés , Luis Buñuel    Suitable for 15 years and over   DVD
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  • Actors: Arturo de Córdova, Delia Garcés, Ernesto Alonso, Miroslava, Aurora Walker
  • Directors: Luis Buñuel
  • Writers: Luis Buñuel, Eduardo Ugarte, Luis Alcoriza, Mercedes Pinto, Rodolfo Usigli
  • Producers: Alfonso Patiño Gómez, Roberto Figueroa
  • Format: PAL
  • Language: Spanish
  • Subtitles: English, French
  • Region: Region 2 (This DVD may not be viewable outside Europe. Read more about DVD formats.)
  • Number of discs: 1
  • Classification: 15
  • Studio: Films Sans Frontiers
  • DVD Release Date: 10 July 2003
  • Run Time: 100.00 minutes
  • Average Customer Review: 4.5 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (2 customer reviews)
  • ASIN: B000E8RE9S
  • Amazon Bestsellers Rank: 122,368 in DVD & Blu-ray (See Top 100 in DVD & Blu-ray)


France released, PAL/Region 2 DVD: LANGUAGES: Spanish ( Mono ), English ( Subtitles ), French ( Subtitles ), SPECIAL FEATURES: Black & White, Documentary, Filmographies, Interactive Menu, SYNOPSIS: Criminal Life of Archibaldo De La Cruz
The film begins with Archibaldo (Ernesto Alonso) being triggered by a music box into a lengthy reminiscence of his childhood. It was an average, everyday incident, one that undoubtedly has occurred to us all: Archibaldo was caught dressing up in his mother's clothes by his governess, who was then instantly killed by a revolutionary's bullet before she could tell on him. The experience proved to be Archibaldo's 'first rush,' and he spends the rest of his life trying to re-create the sexual euphoria of that moment -- by murdering attractive women. Buñuel's characteristic perverse black humor then adds a twist, which prevents Archibaldo from fulfilling his desires. ...Criminal Life of Archibaldo De La Cruz / This Strange Passion ( Ensayo de un crimen ) ( This Strange Passion )

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5.0 out of 5 stars Fear 10 July 2013
Rarely has a journey into madness so convincingly and so brilliantly been filmed. Luis Buñuel's directing and the playing of the actors, Arturo de Córdova and Delia Garcés, are simply magnificent, as was his crew, with Gabriel Figueroa as primus inter pares.

The obsessions (jealousy, suspicion, greed) of the main character of the movie burst into plain paranoia in one of the most hilarious/dramatic sequences ever shot in the history of the motion picture. The end comes as a shock when the main character appears in a most unexpected disguise. Luis Buñuel used shocks (an eminent trick of the surrealists) time and again in many of his movies in order to derange and provoke the spectators.
Of course, the main intrigue of the movie is a variation on the age old male nightmare of raising unknowingly the offspring of other men.
This bright movie is a must see for all movie buffs.
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4.0 out of 5 stars Marriage Wrecker 27 Feb 2011
By Dr. Delvis Memphistopheles TOP 100 REVIEWER VINE VOICE
A dissection of a man who desires a woman but cannot consumate her. Bunuel takes to task the libido of the rich and the powerful grasping for more and more but unable to create any meaning. A subversive movie because the surrealists in their take of De Sade sided with the protagonist, here they have overturned that particular notion.

Black and White noir sumptuous in set, this displays the eccentricity of power verging and tottering into a nightmare through wife abuse. It is shot with verve and power. Not sure how it would hold a modern audience with its depiction of marriage but this is a psychological tour de force compared much of moderm depiction.

Well worth the investing of time for those who want to learn about jealousy and its effect. For those who want a quick fix then turn over quickly
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