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 Bu˝uel. 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
Mar 29, 2005
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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.
Bu˝uel 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.
The central work of Bu˝uel's career, a midpoint between the early savagery and the later urbanity
Perhaps the lightest and most purely playful film of Bu˝uel'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 representašŃo psicolˇgica de seu anti-herˇi e pela utilizašŃo de reflexos como instrumento narrativo.
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