Tristana

Tristana

Director: Luis Buñuel

Cast: Catherine Deneuve, Fernando Rey, Franco Nero

     
 

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Luis Buñuel's Tristana is a surreal criticism of Catholicism and the modern world, told through the story of the title character, who is portrayed by Catherine Deneuve. Tristana is a young Spanish woman left to the care of Don Lope (Fernando Rey), the protective but impoverished aristocrat. Don sells his possessions to avoid manual labor and champions the

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Luis Buñuel's Tristana is a surreal criticism of Catholicism and the modern world, told through the story of the title character, who is portrayed by Catherine Deneuve. Tristana is a young Spanish woman left to the care of Don Lope (Fernando Rey), the protective but impoverished aristocrat. Don sells his possessions to avoid manual labor and champions the causes of the dispossessed and downtrodden of society. He takes advantage of the vulnerable Tristana, who leaves him when she falls in love with Horacio (Franco Nero). Unable to commit to him, she returns to Don Lope when she falls ill. He asks for her hand in marriage, and she accepts after losing her leg to cancer. She chooses to remain in a passionless union rather than be subject to the harsh realities of a society that refuses to change to the needs of women. Taken from the novel by celebrated author Benito Perez Galdos, the film -- wherein director Buñuel takes his usual jabs at religion and politics -- is a tribute to the author on the 50th anniversary of his death.

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All Movie Guide - Wheeler Winston Dixon
This is a typically brilliant film by Luis Buñuel, with the old master at the top of his late form as a European master. The outlines of Buñuel's career are well known, from the surrealist provocateur (with Salvador Dali) of Un Chien Andalou (1929) and L' Âge d'Or (1930), the brutal documentarian of Las Hurdes (1933), and then a long break from the director's chair while Buñuel busied himself with supervising the Spanish version of mediocre Hollywood films, working at the Museum of Modern Art in New York, and then finally packing up and moving to Mexico to restart his career. There, he moved into one of the worst areas of Mexico City, and after two conventional but lightweight entertainments, created Los Olvidados (1950), perhaps the ultimate condemnation of life in the slums, and won Best Director at the 1951 Cannes Film Festival for his efforts, along with numerous other honors. Thereafter, Buñuel was unstoppable, and progressed through a series of violent and hallucinatory films in Mexico in the 1950s and '60s, moving his production base to Spain and then France in the 1970s. Tristana belongs to this last period in Buñuel's career, along with La Voie Lactée (1969) and Belle de Jour (1967). Buñuel regular Fernando Rey (most famous for his role as Alain Charnier, the unscrupulous heroin dealer in William Friedkin's The French Connection [1971]) stars as Don Lope, an aging figure of respectability who becomes the guardian of Tristana (Catherine Deneuve), a young woman with whom he is soon completely smitten. The film is essentially a contest of wills between the two, with Don Lope initially in control, and rapidly losing ground as his sexual obsession overcomes his bourgeois sensibility. The film was nominated for an Academy Award for Best Picture in 1971, and Buñuel would direct only three more films before his death: Le Charme Discret de la Bourgeoisie (1972), Le Fantôme de la Liberté (1974), and Cet Obscur Objet du Désir (1977). In his old age, Buñuel mellowed, but never lost his bite; these final films are the works of a master at the peak of his powers, still defiantly making films to please only one person: himself.

Product Details

Release Date:
03/12/2013
UPC:
0741952741893
Original Release:
1970
Rating:
NR
Source:
Cohen Media Group
Time:
1:39:00

Cast & Crew

Performance Credits
Catherine Deneuve Tristana
Fernando Rey Don Lope
Franco Nero Horacio
Lola Gaos Saturna
Jesus Fernandez Saturno
Antonio Casas Don Cosme
Mary Paz Pondal Girl
Fernando Cebrian Dr. Miquis
Luis Aller Actor
Jose Maria Caffarel Actor
Saturno Cerra Actor
Antonio Ferrandis Actor
Candida Losada Senora Burguesa
Sergio Mendizabal Professor
Vicente Roca Actor
Vincent Solder Actor
Adriano Dominguez Actor
Jose Riesgo Actor
José Calvo Bellringer
Juan Jose Menendez Don Candido

Technical Credits
Luis Buñuel Director,Producer,Screenwriter
Jose Fernandez Aguayo Cinematographer
Enrique Alarcon Art Director
Julio Alejandro Screenwriter
Luis Arguello Set Decoration/Design
Juan Estelrich Executive Producer,Production Manager
Rosa Garcia Costumes/Costume Designer
Pierre Lary Asst. Director
Antonio Molina Special Effects
Pedro del Rey Editor
Julian Ruiz Makeup

Scene Index

Audio Commentary with Catherine Deneuve and Critic Kent Jones 2012 Alternate Ending Visual Essay Featurette with Peter William Evans 2012 Restoration Trailer Original French Theatrical Trailer

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