The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz

Film
Buñuel marshals all of his characteristic amoral wit in this tale of a would-be murderer frustrated at every turn in his efforts to get his kicks from a successful sex killing. As usual, the master eschews the visual fussiness of 'style', opting for the straightforward camera set-up at all times. The use of props like the toy music box from his childhood which triggers off Archibaldo's lust, and the wax dummy burned after one of his attempts is thwarted, is all the more stunning (and hilarious) as a result.

By: RM

Release details

Duration: 91 mins

Cast and crew

Director: Luis Buñuel
Screenwriter: Luis Buñuel, E Ugarte Pages
Cast: Ernesto Alonso
Miroslava Stern
Ariadna Welter
Rita Macedo
José Maria Linares Rivas
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