Susana | Chicago Reader

Susana

Some theorists have argued that movies characterize female desire as chaotic and destabilizing, and this 1950 feature from Luis Buñuel?s Mexican period takes that notion to a near surreal extreme. The gorgeous, almost animalistic Susana (Rosita Quintana) escapes from a reformatory and finds refuge on a ranch, where she seduces the owner, his son, and the foreman. Is she a feminist (“I don't belong to any man or his whims,” she declares) or, as a maid calls her, the “nightmare of the devil”? Her voluptuous body and dramatic movements disrupt the otherwise restrained compositions, and the characters' spying on each other adds a hint of kinkiness to the film's intense sexuality. In Spanish with subtitles. 86 min.

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