The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz (Ensayo de un crimen)(Rehearsal for a Crime) (1955)
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This Mexican-filmed black comedy (distributed in the U.S. seven years after its initial 1955 release date) is one of the minor but no less characteristic works of director Luis Buñuel. The film begins with Archibaldo (Ernesto Alonso) being triggered by a music box into a lengthy reminiscence of his childhood. It was an average, everyday incident, one that undoubtedly has occurred to us all: Archibaldo was caught dressing up in his mother's clothes by his governess, who was then instantly killed
May 19, 1955 Wide
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Though it's 22 years late in arriving, The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz is the only new movie in town about which I can say that it mustn't be missed.
Buñuel is still able to put some bizarre -- and very funny -- personal touches on this story of a man obsessed with the idea that the music box he owned as a child has the power to kill.
Perhaps the lightest and most purely playful film of Buñuel's career. It's an oddly charming black comedy dressed up as a kind of thriller.
It never amounts to more than a cheaply made one macabre joke movie that was only slightly amusing and only somewhat more effective as satire.
Interessante principalmente pela representação psicológica de seu anti-herói e pela utilização de reflexos como instrumento narrativo.
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