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Tristana (1970)

PG-13 | | Drama | 29 March 1970 (Spain)
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Shortly after her mother's death, an innocent and youthful woman will find refuge into the household of her middle-aged aristocratic guardian, who will submit her to his sexual advances.

Director:

Luis Buñuel

Writers:

Julio Alejandro, Luis Buñuel (screen story) | 1 more credit »
Nominated for 1 Oscar. Another 11 wins & 1 nomination. See more awards »

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Cast

Cast overview, first billed only:
Catherine Deneuve ... Tristana
Fernando Rey ... Don Lope
Franco Nero ... Horacio
Lola Gaos ... Saturna
Antonio Casas ... Don Cosme
Jesús Fernández Jesús Fernández ... Saturno
Vicente Soler Vicente Soler ... Don Ambrosio
José Calvo José Calvo ... Campanero
Fernando Cebrián ... Dr. Miquis
Antonio Ferrandis ... Comprador
José María Caffarel ... Don Zenón
Cándida Losada ... Ciudadana
Joaquín Pamplona Joaquín Pamplona ... Don Joaquín
Mary Paz Pondal Mary Paz Pondal ... Muchacha (as María Paz Pondal)
Juanjo Menéndez ... Don Cándido (as Juan José Menéndez)
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Storyline

When the young woman Tristana's mother dies, she is entrusted to the guardianship of the well-respected though old Don Lope. Don Lope is well-liked and well-known because of his honorable nature, despite his socialistic views about business and religion. But Don Lope's one weakness is women, and he falls for the innocent girl in his charge, seduces her, makes her his lover, though all the while explaining to her that she is as free as he. But when she acts on this freedom, Don Lope must deal with the consequences of his world-view. Written by Gary Dickerson <slug@mail.utexas.edu>

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Somewhere between the innocent girl and the not so innocent mistress is the bizarre, sensuous story of Tristana.

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Drama

Motion Picture Rating (MPAA)

Rated PG-13 for thematic elements and some disturbing images | See all certifications »

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Details

Country:

Spain | Italy | France

Language:

Spanish

Release Date:

29 March 1970 (Spain) See more »

Also Known As:

Тристана See more »

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Box Office

Opening Weekend USA:

$4,153, 23 November 2012, Limited Release

Gross USA:

$12,686, 23 November 2012
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Sound Mix:

Mono

Color:

Color (Eastmancolor)

Aspect Ratio:

1.66 : 1
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Trivia

Franco Nero and Catherine Deneuve reportedly had an affair during the making of this movie. See more »

Quotes

Don Lope: [Saturna and Don Lope are downstairs, awaiting word from the doctor] She's in a very bad way.
Saturna: If you'd let me put on a poultice, she'd be feeling better.
Don Lope: Don't talk rubbish!
Dr. Miquis: [the doctor comes down from Tristana's room] My dear Don Lope, we are faced with what I feared. Tristana is very ill. We have to speak clearly.
Don Lope: Go ahead and tell me.
Dr. Miquis: She is suffering from blood poisoning. We have to operate... to amputate her leg.
Don Lope: The poor girl... She'll be horribly mutilated... When?
Dr. Miquis: We can't wait another ...
[...]
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Alternate Versions

Originally released in Europe at 105 minutes. See more »


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Étude No 12 in C minor, Op 10 'Revolutionary'
Written by Frédéric Chopin
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A Love/ Hate Movie.
21 September 2000 | by nnadSee all my reviews

One of the better melodramas by Bunuel that stars Catherine Deneuve --Belle De Jour was the most successful. Tristana is the third installment to Bunuel's ill-fated heroine yarn: as we know, Viridiana and Belle De Jour were the first 2. Nevertheless, the film's not as surreal as these previous two films; however, Bunuel still maintains his use of dream sequences and familiar motifs. Rey is excellent as the lecherous uncle, and Deneuve is also good as the title character. Bunuel has definitely excelled in focusing on the aesthetic approach to a story-line; however, this respect can be overwhelming for some viewers, especially those who are more comfortable with the fast-paced American movies. In short, Tristana is still an excellent movie regardless of these unusual aspects.


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