Los Olvidados | Denver Film Society | Luis Buñuel | Mexico

Los Olvidados

Luis Buñuel

SpanishEnglish SubtitlesMexico195085 min

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Overview

The winner of two Cannes Film Festival awards, Los Olvidados (aka The Young and the Damned) was avant-garde Spanish filmmaker Luis Buñuel’s first international box-office success. Yet it’s imbued with all the outrageous iconoclasm that earned Un Chien Andalou and L’Age d’Or before it a place in the Surrealist pantheon.

With love but without pity, Buñuel tells the story of a gang of slum kids who become delinquents as a defense against poverty and the cruelty of life on the city streets. In the characters of Jaibo, the gang leader, and Pedro, his naive victim, Buñuel makes a subtle distinction between corruption and law breaking.
Here, as elsewhere, the great Mexican cinematographer Gabriel Figueroa gave unflinching form to Buñuel’s wicked humor. A gang of youths tipping a legless beggar out of his cart; a chicken staring down a beaten blind man; a dream of Pedro’s in which his mother offers him a side of beef with a saintly smile: such images evidence Figueroa’s passion and eye for detail.

This screening is part of a three-film retrospective of Figueroa’s work; a corresponding exhibit will take place throughout the festival at the Annex in the McNichols Building.

Producer: Óscar Dancigers, Sergio Kogan, Jaime A. Menasce | Editor: Carlos Savage | Cinematographer: Gabriel Figueroa | Screenwriter: Luis Alcoriza, Luis Buñuel
Cast: Estela Inda, Miguel Inclán, Alfonso Mejía, Roberto Cobo, Alma Delia Fuentes, Francisco Jambrina

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