EL/WUTHERING HEIGHTS (Luis Buuel, 1952/1954) Rating: NNNN
Here is one of the magnificent perversities of Buuel's Mexican period, a fitter companion to the late masterpieces Tristana and That Obscure Object Of Desire than to the director's 50s films like Mexican Bus Ride. Arturo de Córdova plays a middle-aged rich man who develops a morbid jealousy over his young wife that drives him insane.
The beauty of Buuel lies in his simplicity -- he has enough faith in the strength of his stories to present them with chilling matter-of-factness. I shudder to think what De Palma would do with this film's bizarre climax. On the same bill, Buuel's strange soap-opera-in-a-coma adaptation of Wuthering Heights. (Revue, December 4-5)