A bizarre black comedy about a man whose overwhelming ambition in life is to be a renowned serial killer of women, and will stop at nothing to achieve it – but not everything goes according to plan… —IMDb
Although regarded as the greatest artist of Spanish cinema Luis Buñuel only made three films that are Spanish by nationality. His exile from his homeland at the end of the Spanish Civil War resulted in extended periods in Mexico and France. Despite this displacement, Spain was never far from Buñuel’s mind. The peasant culture of the villages of Calanda and Zaragoza, many of them dating to the Middle-Ages, greatly influenced his imagination during his childhood. The Spanish literary tradition, represented by Lope de Vega, Cervantes and the writers of picaresque stories, remained constant touchstones. Strongest of all was the distinctly Spanish nature of his Catholicism; he would retain its influence long after he renounced the teachings of the Church. At the University of Madrid his friendship with poet Federico Garcia Lorca and painter Salvador Dalí would play a major role in the avant-garde of the 1920s. It was during this period that he discovered the works of Sigmund Freud. His insight… read more
Bunuel gioca con il labile equilibrio di due forze in campo,il desiderio e la repressione in un film in cui ripropone i suoi vigorosi attacchi alla religione e alla borghesia.Il ricco e aristocratico Arcibaldo(la borghesia)sfoga sulle donne le sue frustrazioni sessuali,derivanti dalla severa educazione cattolica ricevuta(la religione).Molto grottesco, poichè alla fine non riesce mai nel suo intento omicida.Notevole.
Often cited as Buñuel's best Mexican film. I can't say if that's so because it's truly a great film or because it's simply the most Buñuelian film he made. Here he explores in great depth what have come to be known as "les obsessions de monsieur Buñuel." It's a truly great example of the absurd in his films; fate comes time and time again between the individual and his desires. Overall, a technically perfect film.
That nonetheless left me a bit perturbed. Maybe that's the desired effect. But I just hope that the misogyny was inserted as a way of pointing out the cynicism in society and in desire. Or that, at least, it was planned. I don't want it to be present and that none of the individuals involved never noticed or cared to address it.
Por supuesto. El animo de buñuel con ENSAYO DE UN CRIMEN es transgredir los limites de lo politicamente correcto con los apuntes veladamente criticos que se desprenden de algunos de los planteamientos del film al adentrar (y hacer participe o compartir, por momentos) al espectador de la retorcida psique de un personaje como Archibaldo de la Cruz.
"Sex without religion is like cooking an egg without salt. Sin gives more chances to desire" Luis Bunuel