One of Buñuel's most cheerfully perverse comedies, where weird desires lurk under (and inside) Catholic surfaces and everyone assumes that someone else must be more pure. Not sure how I feel about the ending, which appears at first to be way too tidy and ordinary. But the context can give anything a tinge of sweet, delicious irony.
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.
My favorite Bunuel thus far is one of the most twisted black comedy I have seen. The style is so crude (look no further than the scene in which Bunuel crosscuts between Archibaldo and the mother) that I love it's effect. The story is also a great denunciation of the close minded way in which people are either considered good or evil. It's lack of a proper structure will annoy some but I enjoyed it's episodic nature.
Archibaldo De la Cruz is a disturbed man who spends his time plotting the murders of the women he is attracted to. He has a lot of bad blood and malice, but strangely, destiny always interferes when he's about to carry out his obscure wishes.
Engrossing and caustic study of a frustrated sociopath.
The seperation of the leg from the mannequin body while it is being dragged along the floor is tremendously erotic to me... Of course almost exactly the same idea was brought into "Tristana" some years later, but I also find the slicing of the donkey eye(in place of the human eye) in "Un Chien Andalou" to be rousing in a very similar fashion...