Another one of Buñuel's mexican period films
that haven't been released (when writing this in December 2022) on a
DVD, Blu-ray or 4K UHD disc edition. Strange as this film is considered
to be one of Buñuel's best, made in Mexico or not.
So, this DVD with a fuzzy picture will have to do until a proper release
with subs turns up.
The film starts with foot/shoe fetishism, a constant
through Buñuel's oevre, when our protagonist takes part in some
disgusting catholic ceremony in the church. A lecherous dirty old priest
kisses young boys feet with such religious fervour,
or lust, that he looks like he's about to have an orgasm. Disgusting.
But our man, Francisco Galvan (Arturo de Cordova)
likes feet/shoes too though he prefers watching womens feet. He's
immediately sexually aroused when he gets a glimpse of a churchgoer's
shoes, Gloria (Delia Garces) and for a moment
there's a mutual attraction between them. When Francisco sees her again,
also in the church, he's obsessed with her and he
follows her to see where she lives or who she meets.
She meets her boyfriend and Francisco is happy to see
that a friend of his, architect Raul (Luis Beristain) is The Man. He
knows he can steal her from Raul due to his riches, stature in society
and his charm, and the way Gloria looked at him.
And, yes, Francisco and Gloria become lovers and she dumps Raul.
Then there's a Time Jump, and next we see Gloria meeting
Raul out on the town. She tells him that she married Francisco
and that not all is well with their marriage. Then follows a series
of Flashbacks starting with their wedding night when she
sees the first signs of his psychotic jealousy on their failed honeymoon
trip to the city of Guanajuato. The city where he
was born and where he thinks he's the rightful owner of land properties
(once lost by his grandfather).
He's obsessed with two things, firstly with his wife and her imagined
infidelitys (and with her "sexy" shoes), secondly with
winning back his land, for which he pays an army of lawyers, who all
lose as it's a lost case from the start.
Francisco gets more and more paranoid and more and more
dangerous, and Gloria is afraid of him killing her, but everyone
are on his side (even her mother) as he's a good man, he's rich and
he's a pillar of society. Can Raul help her ?
The film in original 4:3 fullscreen ratio, black & white, with spanish
audio and english subtitles, picture gallery, region all