La Fièvre monte à El Pao (Republic of Sin) (Fever Rises in El Pao)
La Fièvre monte à El Pao (Republic of Sin) (Fever Rises in El Pao) (1959)

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… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: December 5, 1959
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Critic Score: 80% Rotten Tomatoes™ Critic Reviews
Vincent Canby
New York Times

This is not vintage Bunuel, but Mr. Philipe is unexpectedly good as the muddled idealist.

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

What with all the missives and writs of agenda waiting to be signed, Fever Mounts in El Pao is noticeably burdened by excess paperwork.

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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

As Buñuel's most directly political work, it certainly warrants a look.

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Fernando F. Croce

Buñuel's sharp-toothed study, with unmistakable traces of Huston, Clouzot, and Franco's Spain

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Flixster Audience Score: 45% Flixster User Reviews
Walter M.
As the peasants starve, Ines(Maria Felix), the wife of Governor Vargas(Miguel Angel Ferriz), is carrying on an affair with Colonel Olivares(Roberto Canedo).… More