Review: ‘El’

Luis Bunuel has fashioned an absorbing melodramatic psycho pic out of El. Although the story [from the novel Pensiamentos by Mercedes Pinto] borders on the banal, fine direction and acting keep this within bounds, and give a dimension to the harrowing tale of a madman's attempt to love.

Luis Bunuel has fashioned an absorbing melodramatic psycho pic out of El. Although the story [from the novel Pensiamentos by Mercedes Pinto] borders on the banal, fine direction and acting keep this within bounds, and give a dimension to the harrowing tale of a madman’s attempt to love.

Story concerns a middle-aged rich man who sweeps a beautiful young girl off her feet. He seems normal and considerate but in married life turns out to have delusions of persecution and homicidal tendencies. The wife finally escapes in time to avoid the husband’s attempts to murder.

Arturo De Cordova is fine in delineating the breakdown of the guilt-ridden hero, while Delia Garces scores as the terrified, cornered wife. Rest of cast is adequate and well-typed. Lensing of Gabriel Figueroa is slick.

El

Mexico

Production

National. Director Luis Bunuel; Producer Oscar Dancigers; Screenplay Luis Bunuel, Luis Alcoriza; Camera Gabriel Figueroa; Editor Carlos Savage; Music Luis Hernandez Breton; Art Director Edward Fitzgerald

Crew

(B&W) Extract of a review from 1953. Running time: 100 MIN.

With

Arturo De Cordova Delia Garces Luis Beristain Aurora Walker Carlos Martinez Baena Fernando Casanova

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