The script for Tristana was written immediately after Luis Buñuel "smuggled” Viridiana into Cannes in 1961. It came as no surprise when the censors rejected it without a second thought. It has to be said that the world-famous director was the scourge of all censors. Buñuel was an atheist and a communist. Of course, that didn't preclude the communists from liking him. Except that this scandalous figure, one of the most influential members of the 20th-century surrealist movement, w...as constantly musing on the nature of freedom. And we all know that speaking of freedom in times of centrally planned ideologies is akin to discussing rope in the home of the executioner.
Tristana was eventually made in 1970 as an international production. It is in the anything but sin-free relationships of Viridiana and Don Jaime in 1961 and Tristana and Don Lope in 1970 that the director explored the limitations of personal freedom. And, as we came to expect of Buñuel - it is the inextricable tangling of the body, the conscience and social bonds that suffocate the protagonists of the story. The film is also interesting as Buñuel was a director who had entered into the world of colour between the two films. Tristana also starred Catherine Deneuve in the title role, as in the director's earlier film Belle de Jour.
The series is made possible with the support of the Embassy of Spain and the Cervantes Institute.
Presented by: Palace of Arts
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