Out of the few movies I have seen of Naruse, this is a slightly disappointing but at the same time a very bold movie, given the period in which it was taken. I am a little spoiled when it comes to great directors. I expect a lot from them.
Gene Tierney's portrayal of a woman of great intelligence, charisma & beauty combined with her possessive nature for those she loves makes this movie a compelling watch. Leon Shamroy's cinematography immerses us into the movie instantly from the first shot. Do I need to even mention the wonderful settings, amazing wardrobes used?
Bunuels' analysis of the bourgeoisie morality and social order through the historical context of sexual and social repression. Building on the momentum set by his first film "Un Chien Andalou", Bunuel creates a less subtle but more politically provoking film in an age where Fascism was on the rise.