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492 Ratings

Él

This Strange Passion

Directed by Luis Buñuel
Mexico, 1953
Drama, Romance

Synopsis

Francisco is rich, strict on principles, and still a bachelor. He meets Gloria by accident, and is intent on marrying her and courts her until she agrees. Now he is a dedicated husband, but his passion starts to exhibit disturbing traits.
(Also known as This Strange Passion.)

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Él Directed by Luis Buñuel
The relation to Hitchcock has been amply noted, the one to Ray’s Bigger Than Life less so. The knitting needle in the keyhole, the pistol in the bathrobe pocket, rope and thread and razor wrapped in cotton: the full panoply of obsession. (“A deeply personal definition of love,” proclaims de Córdova.)
July 21, 2014
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EL (sometimes known as THIS STRANGE PASSION) functions as a Rosetta stone of [Buñuel’s] favorite themes: Catholicism, crazy love, women’s feet—all three of which he manages to combine in the very first scene.
October 05, 2012
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Incorporating expressionistic devices of reflecting character interiority through architecture and mise-en-scène, Buñuel uses integrally tactile and voluptuous Gaudi-like structures and ornate, baroque ornamentation in Don Francisco’s secluded (and self-imprisoning) estate that paradoxically reveal the suppressed eroticism, passion, and perversion that lay beneath the façade of genteel and pious respectability.
January 01, 2004
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