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Cult Vault #34: Gerado Naranjo on Archibaldo de la Cruz

Gerado Naranjo picks Luis Bunuel's black comedy The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz

Taken from the February 2013 issue of Dazed & Confused:

It all started with a foot fetish. Mexican director Gerardo Naranjo‘s Miss Bala star, Stephanie Sigman, was telling him of her love of Quentin Tarantino’s cars-and-chicks revenge thriller Death Proof, which led to a discussion of Tarantino’s habitual fascination with his actresses’ feet. Naranjo countered with his own entry in the cinematic annals of toe-tosole appreciation – Luis Bunuel’s The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz (1955). 

“It’s a black comedy about a would-be serial killer who never actually kills anyone, his efforts frustrated at every turn and linked back to a childhood music box that triggers his murderous desires. The governess that introduces young Archibaldo to his own Pandora’s box winds up killed by a stray revolutionary bullet, falling to the ground with her graceful feet exposed. In that instant, Archibaldo is hooked. It’s an incredible film. Bunuel allows himself to take his time. I’m not a fan of ‘fast’ films because you don’t get to feel things. It’s better to take things a little slower, not necessarily with long takes, but with a film’s internal rhythms. I love Bunuel because of that. That guy who made Transformers, Michael Bay, is all dirty – he doesn’t know what he wants to say. But a good director like Bunuel goes straight to the point. And Bunuel was crazy about feet.”