Abismos de Pasión
(Mexico, 1954, 91 minutes)
The return of a long gone servant mistreated by the eldest son after the death of the father who took him in and now a wealthy man raises romantic havoc in a snobbish rural family. Feverishly melodramatic take on the classic novel that throws away all the backstory and consumes itself in a spiral of claustrophobic, hyper-romantic histrionics; it works, though it shouldn't.
A Columbia Pictures release. Producciones Tepeyac present an Oscar Dancigers production. Starring Irasema Dilian, Jorge Mistral, Lilia Prado, Ernesto Alonso; with Francisco Reiguera, Hortensia Santoveria, Jaime González; and Luís Aceves Castañeda. Directed by Luís Buñuel; produced by Oscar Dancigers; screenplay by Luís Buñuel, adapted by Luís Buñuel, Julio Alejandro and Dino Maiuri, based on the novel by Emily Brontë, Wuthering Heights; music by Raúl Lavista, based on themes by Richard Wagner; director of photography (b&w), Agustín Jiménez; production designer, Edward Fitzgerald; wardrobe, Valdés Peza; film editor, Carlos Savage.