DVD - 2012 | Spanish
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After the death of her mother, young Tristana goes to live with her guardian, Don Lope, an older man who eventually breaks through his facade of respectability and seduces her. She repays him a hundred fold, preying on his jealousy and taunting him with perverse whimsies.
Publisher: [United States] : Cohen Media Group, 2012
ISBN: 9781417239429
Branch Call Number: SPA MOVIE TRI
Language Note: Spanish or dubbed English dialogue; English subtitles
Characteristics: 1 videodisc (99 min.) : sd., col. ; 4 3/4 in


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Jun 05, 2018

One of Buneuls finest with a perfect Catherine Deneuve. Classic Euro Art film for cinema lovers everywhere ~ 420

Apr 07, 2018

Beautifully made and more beautiful with every minute, so that the last 40 minutes are sheer, menacing poetry, Tristana is a triumph of color, acting , and, especially, camera movement (does anyone use dolly shots more sinuously and insinuatingly?). It's also a very good adaptation of Perez Galdos's novel that strays, alas, when he introduces the deaf teenager and even more so when he has Tristana go off with Horacio. In fact, the character of Horacio is trivialized into a nonentity in the film; in the novel, he is weak, more interested in his career than in his love for Tristana, and ever so much real-er. If you're hesitating between reading the novel and watching the film, and you're not a sedulous cineaste, by all means--read the novel, which is far more humorous--though this is black comedy--and much more satisfying in every noncinematic way. --Ray Olson

Nov 12, 2017

Stalled for years by the ultra-right alliance of Franco and the Catholic church, Luis Buñuel’s sociopolitical satire ironically went on to become Spain’s contender for the 1971 Foreign Language Oscar. Bourgeois hypocrisy and the empty promises of faith have always shaped Buñuel’s work and "Tristana" is no exception. Rey is perfectly cast as the arrogant socialist who drones on about the exploitation of the weak and the evils of money yet is not above bedding his foster daughter or trying to solicit funds from his wealthier sister—and all that rhetoric about liberty and free love goes out the window when Tristana begins exploring the world outside his four walls. Deneuve, twenty-seven years old at the time, also puts in a marvelous performance (despite the Spanish dubbing) playing the cloistered naif who becomes an agent of not-quite-divine retribution. And of course Buñuel never misses an opportunity to mock the upper crust or cast a withering glance at the trappings of religion—Tristana’s garden chat with the local padre is poker-faced satire at its most understated. This is certainly one of Buñuel’s more accessible films, but even though the usual barbs are downplayed somewhat his wit remains as sharp as ever.

Apr 27, 2017

Nominated for an Oscar for Best Foreign Language Film, Tristana was a film that came late in Luis Buñuel's career, but it's still one of his finest. The man was no slouch when it came to his approach of male and female relationships in his films. His examinations of this dynamic were often left open to interpretation, but in this case, he seems to leave a little more on the table, rather than under it. Catherine Deneuve's character goes through an enormous change, and even though her motivations are not quite clear, we're on the same page as her at all times. Fernando Rey's character isn't necessarily a bad man, but he is questionable at times. Quite often you feel sympathy towards him, rather unexpectedly. But you also feel sympathy towards Deneuve, yet you almost feel disgust towards her in the latter half of the film. It's an interesting arc for a character. Unsurprisingly, this film has been previously voted as one of the best Spanish films ever made. And with so many classic films under Buñuel's belt, that's saying a lot.

Apr 27, 2017

Perhaps Luis Bunuel's most underrated film- but it's one of my favorites.

Apr 27, 2017

Acclaimed Spanish director Luis Bunuel ("Belle de Jour") reunites with French actress Catherine Deneuve in what many believe to be his masterpiece. Set in the late 1920's during a period just prior to the Spanish Civil War, the film expresses the dichotomy of the political and sexual ambiguity of the time.

Jan 31, 2017

Boring, even with Deneuve. Took me three days to watch it... More impressed with the extras. No likable characters here. No coherent story. I can't get into how, exactly, the girl's behavior makes no sense without providing too many spoilers. This is obviously a woman told from a male perspective. Thus, why the other commenters raving about the film seem to be male.

Vincent T Lombardo Jun 27, 2015

Bunuel is one of my favorite directors. His movies are unusual and irreverent, but I find them interesting and thought provoking.

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