When the young woman Tristana’s mother dies, she is entrusted to the guardianship of the well-respected though old Don Lope. Don Lope is well-liked and well-known because of his honorable nature, despite his socialistic views about business and religion. But Don Lope’s one weakness is women, and he falls for the innocent girl in his charge, seduces her, makes her his lover, though all the while explaining to her that she is as free as he. But when she acts on this freedom, Don Lope must deal with the consequences of his world-view. —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
“Une fille ne reste honnête qu’avec une jambe cassée, et chez elle.” " – Où va cette ravissante personne? – Elle va chercher un fiancé. – Eh bien, il est tout trouvé ma jolie. – Trop vieux. – Pas si vieux que ça, le diable est loin d’être mort." “It’s good to have dreams, even if they’re frightening… The dead don’t dream.”
Independent Spirit Awards nominations, Daney on Godard, Jack Nicholson & Antonioni, a trio of Film Comment pieces, and more.
To mark the re-release of Tristana, the many international posters for the film and some Buñuel ephemera.
"Openly, contentedly delighted with how our own dreams can appall us, and how close movies are to that appalling dreaminess," Luis Buñ