El (This Strange Passion) (Torments)
El (This Strange Passion) (Torments) (1953)

One of Luis Bunuel's best films, this is a strong indictment of religious repression. When a man who has remained chaste through his entire life becomes hopelessly enamored of a woman he sees in church, he woes her away from her current… More

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Rated: Unrated
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Release Date: July 9, 1953
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Jonathan Rosenbaum
Chicago Reader

The hero's wonderful crooked walk in the final shot seems the perfect emblem of Bunuel's own sly subversion in adverse circumstances.

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Ken Hanke
Mountain Xpress (Asheville, NC)

Fascinating Mexican Bunuel film

Fernando F. Croce

A melodrama of derangement and a derangement of melodrama, Buñuel's study of churning jealousy lays bare the torment behind aristocratic chauvinism

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Ed Gonzalez
Slant Magazine

Released at the pinnacle of his prolific Mexican period, Él (This Strange Passion) remains one of Buñuel's crowning achievements.

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Pablo Villaça
Cinema em Cena

Abraçando o expressionismo como instrumento fundamental para representar o protagonista, Buñuel fascina com suas rimas visuais e temáticas.

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Stella Dallas
one of the best bunuels i have seen. what a shame these mexican films are so overlooked in favor of his later french period. this one would do hitchcock proud… More
Eric Broome
Such a wonderfully wicked film, with a fantastic performance by Arturo de Córdova as one of the most detestable characters you'll ever see. Is… More
Tsubaki Sanjuro
The usual Buñuel flick, enough feet fap material for a full fetish party, his usual attacks to the high class and the catholic church. Arturo de Cordova in… More
Pierluigi Puccini
Amazing Buñuel film, as paranoic, mysognist and mesmerizing as always. great performance by Arturo De Córdova. some say the bell tower scene inspired Hitchcock… More