Susana (The Devil and the Flesh) (1983)





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Having recently escaped from a reformatory for troubled, a voluptuous young delinquent is taken in by a wealthy Spanish family and methodically proceeds to undermine their conservative religious household through seduction and intimidation. Acclaimed Spanish surrealist Luis Buñuel directs this lurid and slightly absurd melodrama starring Rosita Quintana. ~ Jason Buchanan, Rovi
Art House & International , Drama
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Fernando Soler
as Don Guadalupe
Matilde Palou
as Dona Carmen
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Critic Reviews for Susana (The Devil and the Flesh)

All Critics (4)

A Buñuel rehearsal for more mature sex and power games in his future pics, like in ''Tristana'' (1970).

Full Review… | February 26, 2011
Ozus' World Movie Reviews

God works in mysterious ways in Luis Buñuel's rousing hacienda operetta

Full Review… | April 2, 2010

doesn't rank with Buñuel's best work, but students will find enough of his satirical material to wink at

Full Review… | February 24, 2008
Old School Reviews

While the melodrama is certainly potent, Susana lacks considerable bite.

Full Review… | May 10, 2002
Slant Magazine

Audience Reviews for Susana (The Devil and the Flesh)


[font=Century Gothic]Written and directed by Luis Bunuel, "Susana" is a perversely[/font] [font=Century Gothic]satisfying movie that starts with beautiful Susana(Rosita Quintana) praying for a miracle to get her out of her cell, and is possibly granted one when the exterior bars fall out. Considering she is the last person who should be granted a miracle, it is ironic that she ends up at a ranch populated by superstitious and sanctimonious people where a mare has just given birth to a stillborn colt. In short order, she drives Don Guadalupe(Fernando Soler), his son Alberto(Luis Lopez Somoza) and the foreman Jesus(Victor Manuel Mendoza) to distraction with her open sexuality. All of whom act like they have never seen a beautiful woman before(at least Alberto might have an excuse since he studies so much) and have little idea how to control themselves. The only thing spoiling the fun is an ending that definitely feels tacked on.[/font]

Walter M.
Walter M.

Super Reviewer

devil with a blue dress or, a cutting expose of upper-class 'virtue'

Stella Dallas
Stella Dallas

Super Reviewer

This Mexican drama is an unexpected addition to Luis Bunuel's oeuvre, since it lacks any of his obvious surrealism. But some of the themes and imagery are still there, at least making this an intriguing and visually appealing film to watch. If you can get past the rampant melodrama and predictability, there's a solid story here that hooks you the way a soap opera would. And if the characters are rather flat, at least they seem real in a general "human nature" sense, so this is probably supposed to function more as a societal and cultural critique than anything else. Still, it doesn't hold up to the rest of Bunuel’s work I've seen, especially in terms of uniqueness.

Alyssa Nolan
Alyssa Nolan

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