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
Buñuel cut two of the three acts from the book, and at 87 minutes this may be the shortest adaptation of this novel. I feel as though sometimes it moves too quickly, without leting us sense the passage of time. But more importantly, it hinders character development. That may also be a result from the L'amour fou logic. The main characters seem childish, yielding to any emotion, bemoaning their love for each other...
when they don't even spend that much time together. But regardless, Buñuel's work here is great. I think he choses the right moments from the book. The cinematography and music are also good. Prado's performance is probably the best, followed by Aceves Castañeda with Mistral, Ernest Alonso, and Dilian flailing behind them, trying to catch up.
“A beautiful rough beast of a movie,” find most critics so far, though some do have their reservations.
In the same year he would adapt Robinson Crusoe for the silver screen, Buñuel also transplanted Brontë’s classic work to his adopted Mexico: from the Yorkshire moors to the dusty desert estates, Heathcliff… read review