Tristana is a Spanish film, which was shot in 1970 by Luis Buñuel. It is next to Nazarín the second film Bunuel from a story by Benito Pérez Galdós. The film was in 1971 for an Oscar - for Best Foreign Language Film - nominated.


The mother of Tristana dies and Don Lope, both a playboy and Don Juan as well as an enlightened, atheist, socially committed, but also impoverished bourgeois, and adopted; she moves in with him and his housekeeper Saturna. He sold the estate of Tristana's mother to come quickly into cash. Tristana dreams of Lope beheaded. He tells her that he sees it not only as a daughter but as a woman and takes her up as his mistress, but she was a free woman. Soon she tried to pull away - she makes her bed away from his - and plunges into a relationship with Horacio, a young painter; the two eventually go to another city. Two years have passed, and Horacio Tristana brings back to Lope, forever, as she says. This has now received a great inheritance by the death of his sister. Tristana is seriously ill, and it must be their last resort, a lower leg to be amputated. Tristana increasingly haggard, the priest persuaded, however, to marry Don Lope. They denied Lope the wedding night. The years pass, and Lope has become old and sick. One winter night - after Tristana has once dreamed of decapitated Lope - he calls them for help, they should call the doctor. This call is Tristana just open one at that, the window in the bedroom of the delirious Lope; he dies.


" Buñuel's sensitive and at the same time bitter, very complex and scenically virtuoso transformation of the novel by Galdos from 1892, in which he dissected and diagnosed, but waives therapy. For him, the people of the game are totally dependent on the social situation in which they are located. This he castigates, but he draws those with sensitivity and understanding, far from any black and white painting. The confrontation with the spiritual backgrounds revolves around justice, freedom, liberalism and Christianity. "