The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz
Buñuel’s oddly charming black comedy about the impossibilities of fulfilling one’s desires. Mostly a placid and unprepossessing man, the title character, an affluent bachelor and suave ceramist, pursues a life of crime with the aim of reliving a childhood incident in which death, erotic pleasure, chance, and the absolute fulfillment of desire were united with surreal intensity. Archibaldo de la Cruz oscillates effortlessly between fantasy and reality, obsessed in making the perfect crime.
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