During one glorious moment in cinema, Luis Buñuel made movies, grand, messy, symbolic, intense movies. Tristana, produced in 1970 and based on a novel by Benito Perez Galdos, represented Buñuel’s return to Spain after an exile of many years. A European co-production, it starred Franco Nero (the Italian “it” boy of the moment), Catherine Deneuve (already an international superstar who had most recently brilliantly acquitted herself in Buñuel’s Belle de Jour) and the incomparable Fernando Rey who for a short time in the 1970s played characters who were the personification of sophisticated evil from The French Connection to Buñuel’s films The Discrete Charm of the Bourgeoisie and That Obscure Object of Desire.
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