An unstable young woman escapes from a reformatory for wayward girls and deceptively finds shelter in the kind home of a frighteningly decent family. Little by little, she causes unrest and discord among the members of the household…
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Not the Buñuel I'm used to, but certainly not bad by any means! As a melodrama, it works beautifully with great actors and visuals. The whipping scene was fantastic and made me giggle. Also I loved the end. Reminded me of the end to The Last Laugh, completely mocking the audience. Good stuff!
A good melodrama. The performances are very good, especially from the women. Buñuel and the other crew's technical mastery is the standout. The cinematography is interesting, and has moments of near perfection, like when three men are standing outside Susana's room looking at her shadow in the window during a storm. There is obvious studio interference in regards to themes, but overall it's a good melodrama.
Luis Buñuel, con esta película, va ingresando sutilmente dos constantes en su larga filmografía: el erotismo y las piernas. Una película compuesta por un entretenido melodrama y un "objeto del deseo". Un filme necesario.
Another amazing work from Buñuel, which ingeniously uses the voluptuous Susana to secrete evil into the bourgeois Mexican family. Brilliantly conveying without qualms the theological paradox of Evil unleashed by God, the blasphemous Spaniard pays due respect to theological iconography. The latter is trasnposed into characters' vices and the dualism 'devil/guardian angel' places De Sade at the heart of Christianity.
Oeuvre somme toute intéressante de la période mexicaine du réalisateur, souvent mal accueillie par la critique de l'époque et d'ailleurs mésestimée par son propre géniteur qui avait prévu un épilogue beaucoup moins idyllique et idéologiquement bien plus déstabilisant que celui de la pseudo-harmonie familiale à nouveau retrouvée... www.cinefiches.com
A spy enters the house of love and removes the masks of many men with unsavoury agendas. But at the end of the day they all revert to their platonic ideals, turning their eyes from the baseness that revealed itself. Such is the life of the elite. This satire lacks the incisiveness of Bunuel's best works and has some slightly dubious character motives.