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.