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Luis Buñuel
Mexiko, 1952
92min, OmeU

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Él

Luis Buñuel
Mexiko, 1952
, 92min, OmeU

Cast: 
Arturo de Córdova
Francisco Galván de Montemayor
Delia Garcés
Gloria
Aurora Walker
Señora Esperanza Peralta
Carlos Martínez Baena
Velasco/Padre
Screenplay: 
Luis Buñuel based on the novel (1926) by Mercedes Pinto
Sound: 
Jesús González Gancy
William Claridge
Camera: 
Gabriel Figueroa
Editor: 
Carlos Savage
Composer: 
Luis Herández Bretón
Decoration: 
Edwald Fitzgerald
Costume: 
Henri de Chatillon

Production: 
Ultramar Films
Producciónes Tepeyac
Format: 
35 mm
Black/White

The best of Buñuel’s Mexican films are the ones in which his personality, interests and wit have freer reign within the constraints of narrative convention. ÉL portrays the paranoia of Francisco, a madly jealous upper class Mexican. An almost clinical psychological study, it questions the power dynamics between the long-suffering wife and the husband, unhinged by sexual desire – whether for his wife or his butler remains somewhat ambiguous. It’s also a black joke, in which the paranoid lover driven mad might just have been right all along. Buñuel said of the film: “I was moved by this man with so much jealousy, so much internal loneliness and anxiety and so much external violence. I studied him like an insect.” (Dominique Russell)

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