The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz(Ensayo de un crimen)

  • Dir: Luis Buñuel

  • Mexico, 1955, Spanish, 90mins, DCP

  • Cast: Ernesto Alonso, Miroslava, Rita Macedo

Is it a crime to merely think about killing someone? With Archibaldo de la Cruz, Buñuel may have invented the most diabolical serial killer who never actually kills. When a nun dies after Archibaldo threatened to kill her, the would-be criminal recounts to a judge how he elaborately planned to murder several women throughout his life without ever putting those plans in motion. With this satiric and psychologically probing thriller, Buñuel has made a great ’perfect murder’ film that would be a quintessential companion piece to Hitchcock’s Vertigo .


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