MIDAlpha TitleTitleYearColor/BWRunning TimeFormatsAbstractTopics
6540TRISTANA*TRISTANA*1970color98 minvhs (Directed by Luis Bunuel, based on the novel by Benito Perez Galdos; with Catherine Deneuve, Frenando Rey, Franco Nero) It is easy enough to agree with the critics who view this film as a scathing chronicle in which the lives of individuals are quietly destroyed by the moral code of a corrupt society. And yet even more than usual, the ironic juxtapositions of Bunuel's narrative leave us with no clear-cut lines of motivation and causality. Bunuel's iconoclasm has always included the debunking of standard solutions and so here even as he evokes the bleakness of his native Spain, Bunuel denies us the easier forms of protest. And his subtle surrealism, present even in transitory collage-like images (some lingerie and a wooden leg), once again renews our sense of human potential while it also reveals a quietly burning rage. (Funded by the Center for Western European Studies) (In Spanish with English subtitles) (Restricted to use by institutions of learning within the State of Washington only)