Susana (The Devil and the Flesh) (1983) - Rotten Tomatoes

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


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).

February 27, 2011 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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

April 2, 2010 | Full Review…

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

February 24, 2008 | Rating: B- | Full Review…

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

May 10, 2002 | Rating: 3/4 | Full Review…

Audience Reviews for Susana (The Devil and the Flesh)

This early Buñuel is indeed compelling, but if he intended it as a satire, it simply doesn't translate (the ending is embarrassing), being instead a misogynistic melodrama in which every male is tempted into becoming obsessive lunatics by a seductive, conniving vixen.

Carlos Magalhães
Carlos Magalhães

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[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

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