First screened in May 2004
Director: Luis Buñuel. Cast: Silvia Pinal, Francisco Rabal, Fernando Rey, Margarita Lozano, José Calvo, José Manuel Martín, Maruja Isbert, Lola Gaos, Joaquin Roa, Luis Heredia, Victoria Zinny, Teresa Rabal. Screenplay: Julio Alejandro de Castro and Luis Buñuel (based on the novel Halma by Benito Pérez Galdós).

Twitter Capsule: The nuance and level of social critique I hope for from novels, plus a richness of image, tone, rhythm that's all Buñuel.

VOR:   Complex, brave, satisfying experience by itself, even if you know nothing of Buñuel. If you do, a rewarding relay point between darkest earlier works and later, more ironic features.

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Gustavo Alatriste, © 1962 Kingsley-International Pictures

Not yet reviewed in full. Grade: A

Cannes Film Festival: Palme d'or (Best Picture; tie)

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