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  1. Ligia Prodan's rating of the film The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz

    We totally need film restoration.

  2. Lex Lucas's rating of the film The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz

    "Either a Saint or a Criminal" or none of them.

  3. FISCHER's rating of the film The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz

    L'incontournable metteur en scène mexicain Luis Bunuel, dans tout l'éclat de son génie et de sa maîtrise, pour une oeuvre drôle et décapante... www.cinefiches.com

  4. elenagallen's rating of the film The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz

    Script is brilliant but I can't get over how niminy-piminy this potential murderer sounds.

  5. HSBilly's rating of the film The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz

    thinking is not a crime. after sex in obscure object, dinner in discreet, and now a murder that never actually happened?. you see how genius you are, bunuel?. very ironic title

  6. RoRoRoro's rating of the film The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz

  7. lamouchequilouche's rating of the film The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz

    A lighthearted exercise by master Buñuel, Ensayo de un crimen is an entertaining crime comedy with a virtuosic screenplay and, if you look closely, a wide range of Buñuelesque motives and fetishes.

  8. Andrés Pff's rating of the film The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz

    El Inocente.Rogelio A. González. 1956. ★★★

  9. Stian Gledje Bekkvik's rating of the film The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz

    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...

  10. CarlosEsquives's rating of the film The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz

    Un principio sugerente sobre un niño que fue criado entre mujeres y la violencia. Ambos factores promoverán en él un doble síntoma: la misoginia y el ser asesino en potencia. Cual verdadero ensayo, este filme promueve eventos, mas no acciones. Es decir, hipótesis y no teorías. Las 3 seudovíctimas del antihéroe, además de ser asesinatos frustrados, son representación de una fantasía misógina. Todas estas son amorales.

  11. ASHES IN THE HOURGLASS's rating of the film The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz

    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.

  12. Duncan Gray's rating of the film The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz

    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.

  13. JUERGEN_K's rating of the film The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz

    really really nice - bunuel having fun

  14. Federico Di Folco's rating of the film The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz

    Bunuel gioca con il labile equilibrio di due forze in campo,il desiderio e la repressione in un film in cui ripropone i suoi vigorosi attacchi alla religione e alla borghesia.Il ricco e aristocratico Arcibaldo(la borghesia)sfoga sulle donne le sue frustrazioni sessuali,derivanti dalla severa educazione cattolica ricevuta(la religione).Molto grottesco, poichè alla fine non riesce mai nel suo intento omicida.Notevole.

  15. - Caltiki -'s rating of the film The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz

  16. ramosbarajas's rating of the film The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz

    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.

  17. Old Filmhand's rating of the film The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz

    "Sex without religion is like cooking an egg without salt. Sin gives more chances to desire" Luis Bunuel

  18. NealEdelstein's rating of the film The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz

    Bizarre, distributing, sublime film making.

  19. Silenzio's rating of the film The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz

    A hugely underrated film in Bunuels filmography. It may not have quite as many layers to it as other films he did but it's wonderfully perverse dark humour is a delight. Mario Bava fans will recognise the similarity with Bavas 60s film "Il rosso segno della follia" (Hatchet for a honeymoon).

  20. Pierluigi Puccini's rating of the film The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz

    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.