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5.0 out of 5 stars Brilliantly brilliant and perfectly perfect, 16 Mar. 2012
This review is from: Tristana [1970] [DVD] (DVD)
68uk Tristana by Luís Buñuel (1970, 105')

Tristana is a 1970 Spanish film, again directed by Luís Buñuel, again starring Catherine Deneuve, both even better than in Belle de Jour (1967), and (this time also) Fernando Rey. Based on the novel by Benito Pérez Galdós and shot in Toledo, Spain, Tristana is a Spanish-Franco-Italian co-production. The voices of French actress Catherine Deneuve and Italian actor Franco Nero were dubbed to Spanish.

Why do I say better? Is it the all-Spanish environment (book, Toledo, Rey) and society that gives it greater homogeneity? Is it the tough as nails story line of the innocent semi-orphan beauty and her lewd aristocratic uncle? Is it the treacherous disease that needs one of her legs to be amputated? Is it the schmaltzy love story with her painter would-be husband Franco Nero?

Well, most likely all of it, though the all-Spanishness seems forging everything together to a perfect whole. That surrealistic and spooky elements from Buñuel's earlier days resurface neither surprises nor hurts. That overall simplicity prevails, eg church bells are the only extra sound, and that in the end, Tristana is half-mad with guilt, is only natural, the outcome of such a world.

68uk Tristana by Luís Buñuel (1970, 105')
16 March 2012
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