The central work of Buñuel’s career, a midpoint between the early savagery and the later urbanity, a most dapper derangement of normalcy. Alonso’s resemblance to Rex Harrison points up the debt to Unfaithfully Yours, and there’s also Ealing wryness estilo mexicano (Mackendrick’s The Ladykillers is concurrent). The figure sauntering down the road at the close might be the director himself, the mischievous maniac finally reconciled with the world’s endless reserves of comic horror.
Fernando F. Croce
December 16, 2013