La Fièvre monte à El Pao (Republic of Sin) (Fever Rises in El Pao)
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La Fièvre monte à El Pao (Republic of Sin) (Fever Rises in El Pao)
A moral decay leading to revolution is paralleled to the illness that is consuming the hero in this emotive tale by renowned director Luis Buñuel. Set on a fictional Latin American island, the action starts when Gov. Vargas (Miguel Angle Ferriz) is assassinated. His executive secretary Ramon Vasquez (Gerard Phillipe who died during production) is then forced to temporarily assume the mantle of power. After the new, brutal, and sadistic governor (Jean Servais) takes over, conditions steadily deteriorate. Meanwhile, the widow of the former governor, Inez Vargas (Maria Felix), and Ramon have… More
Rotten Tomatoes Score: 80%

Critic Reviews from Rotten Tomatoes

"This is not vintage Bunuel, but Mr. Philipe is unexpectedly good as the muddled idealist."
‑ Vincent Canby, New York Times
"What with all the missives and writs of agenda waiting to be signed, Fever Mounts in El Pao is noticeably burdened by excess paperwork."
‑ Ed Gonzalez, Slant Magazine
"As Buñuel's most directly political work, it certainly warrants a look."
‑ Jonathan Rosenbaum, Chicago Reader
"Buñuel's sharp-toothed study, with unmistakable traces of Huston, Clouzot, and Franco's Spain"
‑ Fernando F. Croce, CinePassion