Poll

Your favorite Luis Bunuel film is:

Un chien andalou (1929)
4 (14.8%)
L'âge d'or (1930)
0 (0%)
Las Hurdes/Land Without Bread (1933)
0 (0%)
Gran Casino (1947)
0 (0%)
El gran calavera/The Great Madcap (1949)
0 (0%)
Los Olvidados (1950)
3 (11.1%)
Susana/The Devil and the Flesh (1951)
0 (0%)
Daughter of Deceit (1951)
0 (0%)
Mexican Bus Ride (1952)
0 (0%)
A Woman Without Love (1952)
0 (0%)
El bruto (1953)
0 (0%)
El (1953)
0 (0%)
Illusion Travels by Streetcar (1954)
0 (0%)
Abismos de pasión/Wuthering Heights (1954)
0 (0%)
The Adventures of Robinson Crusoe (1954)
0 (0%)
The Criminal Life of Archibaldo de la Cruz (1955)
0 (0%)
The River and Death (1955)
0 (0%)
That Is the Dawn (1956)
0 (0%)
Death in the Garden (1956)
0 (0%)
Nazarin (1959)
0 (0%)
La fièvre monte à El Pao (1959)
0 (0%)
El Joven/The Young One (1960)
0 (0%)
Viridiana (1961)
3 (11.1%)
The Exterminating Angel (1962)
8 (29.6%)
Diary of a Chambermaid (1964)
1 (3.7%)
Simon of the Desert (1965)
1 (3.7%)
Belle de Jour (1967)
2 (7.4%)
The Milky Way (1969)
0 (0%)
Tristana (1970)
0 (0%)
The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie (1972)
1 (3.7%)
The Phantom of Liberty (1974)
0 (0%)
That Obscure Object of Desire (1977)
1 (3.7%)
Haven't seen any
3 (11.1%)
Don't like any
0 (0%)

Total Members Voted: 27

Author Topic: Bunuel, Luis  (Read 2170 times)

Teproc

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Re: Bunuel, Luis
« Reply #30 on: January 10, 2018, 05:23:21 PM »
Los olvidados (Luis Bunuel, 1950)

A brutally honest depiction of poverty which starts out seeming to be nothing but that, and a rather poorly acted and haphazardly edited version of it too... sometimes I wonder about Bunuel's attention span: he can go from marvelous, inventive sequences like the mother/meat dream here to rather shoddy and uninspired storytelling, which is a lot of the first 39 minutes or so here. It does get better, and really finds a focus when one of the boys gets sent to a farming school: there it takes shape as tragedy rather than misery porn. Because in order for the situation to feel truly inescapable, we have to see where the escape would be, otherwise it's hard to care about people who are simply doomed, no matter how realistic their portrayal might be. It's possible that the knowledge of this would enhance this signiificantly on a repeat viewing, but I don't that I'll find this out very soon.

6/10

Updated rankings:

El angel exterminador / The Exterminating Angel
Cet obscur objet du désir / That Obscure Object of Desire
Viridiana
L'âge d'or
Tristana
Le journal d'une femme de chambre / Diary of a Chambermaid
Un chien andalou
Los olvidados
Le charme discret de la bourgeoisie / The Discreet Charm of the Bourgeoisie
La mort en ce jardin / Death in the Garden
Robinson Crusoe


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