Susana (The Devil and the Flesh)

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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


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  • May 09, 2018
    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 M Super Reviewer
  • Sep 11, 2015
    [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 Super Reviewer
  • Sep 11, 2015
    devil with a blue dress or, a cutting expose of upper-class 'virtue'
    Stella D Super Reviewer
  • Jun 04, 2014
    The billion dollar question can be found in the film's (nonexistent) suggested tagline: "What's wrong with Susana?" She, the incarnation of an obsession attempting to conquer its surroundings, an obsession propelled by internal turmoil, unexplainable to us, maybe even to Susana herself. Buñuel authorized to offer a subtitle to the title: "The Devil and the Flesh". These two elements, however, are not necessarily related to Susana <b>at the same time</b>. After all, the household to which she arrives is not an entirely idealized representation of a humble and hospitable Christian family (in many ways, they are the opposite to every single adjective I listed). It is not a household in ruins, but the members of the family and the native workers happen to have exactly the required personal defects to construct a machinery easy to disturb, and this is the role of Susana. Ironically enough, many of her adventures and questionable deeds clearly intended to disrupt the family's balance backfire against her. But in a way, she seems to be conscious about this, like if it was a payment that she was willing to make. The irony, however, is not only that one. Buñuel shows the other side of the coin of a rather possessive family under the patriarchal family tradition that predominated so pervasively in post-war Mexico: the chauvinist and contradictory natives and workers, the domineering husband that defends a seemingly defenseless woman and defending her dignity because she deserves respect while hypocritically showing disrespect to his wife, a wrongfully raised adolescent that cannot see beyond the immediate consequences of his decisions, and an extremely religious Catholic fanatic who, ironically enough, was the character with the most vision the whole time (haha, that poor Buñuel and his eternal conflict with his religious upbringing). Although the ending can be perceived as melodramatically forced today, it mirrors the family morals of Mexico during the 50s and discreetly hides a valuable message despite the aggressive tones of criticism that Buñuel always wanted to scream aloud in every single film he made, no matter how subtle they were at the end. Despite being a lesser film by the cinema giant, the entire experience is compensated by the depth of its psychological truths if read correctly between the lines, and its undeniable entertainment value. The Devil is in all of us, and his vehicle is the Flesh... How to fight against it?? <i>"O wretched man that I am! who shall deliver me from the body of this death? I thank God through Jesus Christ our Lord. So then with the mind I myself serve the law of God; but with the flesh the law of sin. There is therefore now no condemnation to them which are in Christ Jesus, who walk not after the flesh, but after the Spirit."</i> Romans 7:24 - 8:1 75/100
    Edgar C Super Reviewer

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