(This Strange Passion)

New Digital Restoration


Arturo de Córdova, Delia Garcés, Luis Beristáin, Aurora Walker,

This is a study of “mad love” gone truly mad amidst the neurotic compulsions of the haute bourgeoisie. The protagonist, Francisco, is a forty-year-old virgin holding out for perfect—and perfectly respectable—love. Francisco’s apparent self-possession masks a ruthless severity, and his romanticism girdles insane misogyny. He takes a young wife, who tries to adjust to the tyranny of his jealous behavior, until the evening he enters her room with some menacing instruments: a rope, needle and thread, scissors, cotton wool, and antiseptic. “The influence of de Sade is everywhere apparent in a scenario that the majority of the Mexican public took for a run-of-the-mill melodrama on jealousy,” wrote Ado Kyrou. Luis Buñuel said of the film: “The character is certainly pathetic. I am touched by this man possessed by such jealousy, such solitude and interior anguish, such exterior violence. I studied him like an insect.” 

  • Luis Buñuel
  • Luis Alcoriza
Based On
  • a novel by Mercedes Pinto

  • Gabriel Figueroa
  • Spanish
  • with English subtitles
Print Info
  • B&W
  • DCP
  • 88 mins
  • The Film Foundation
  • Janus Films
Additional Info
  • Restored by The Film Foundation's World Cinema Project, Les Films du Camélia and Cineteca di Bologna at L'Immagine Ritrovata Laboratory, with the support of OCS and in association with Películas y Videos Internacionales. Special thanks to Guillermo del Toro and Daniela Michel. Funding provided by the Material World Foundation.

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