For some reason I just wasn't that engaged at the beginning of this movie! I definitely got more and more involved as the film went on, and the ending was very brutal and amazing. The dream sequence was perfect and so was the mugging of the blind man. I feel if Buñuel was able to add the surreal imagery and madness he had wanted to, then this film could have been a masterpiece.
An unflinching portrait of poverty, those forced to live in it, and how it effects the young. The non-professional actors are all convincing. The shocking language and violence (for the time) add to the stark realism of the film. That's not to say that it doesn't have it's share of Bunuel's trademark surrealism, but that too is well embedded into the picture - adding more deph without being a stylistic distraction.
amazingly grotesque, full of sexual references, full of influence and really influencial to other directors (brutti sporchi i cattivi is the best example) this man was a genius. The only reason i don't rate 5/5 it's maybe because of the ending, i was hopefull that Pedro wouldn't die, it really shocked me, although .. a masterpiece.
At LEAST as "surreal" as his work w/Dali or in France. Interesting: Bunuel here tosses his hopeless kid in a garbage heap. A few years earlier, Rossellini let his similarly desperate protagonist jump off a building. I'm not sure which was more painful.
This has definitely become my favourite film by Buñuel. it's odd how much it resembles Italian neorealist films (Buñuel being famous for his surrealism) but it's definitely one of the harshest comments in the decade about poverty, marginality and their consequences. It's also interesting to see a film that reflects the Latin American situation at the time.
There is no justice! Does this have to do with decades of imperialism and rape in Mexico? Everything in this film is dead end, there is no yellow brick road to be seen!
Una de las mayores joyas de Buñuel. El México desgarrado y subterráneo que nadie quería ver.
Emma Sordo's class at Florida International University is showing this fillm. Does anyone know where I can find this film online?
Bunuel's masterpiece is possibly the best urban crime film ever, a devastating and graphic depiction of poverty and juvenile delinquency in Mexico City. Peppered with the director's signature dream sequences, this is one of the most unforgettable, influential, and under-seen films of all time.
I almost did not recognise this under its translated title, it is almost universally known as Los Olvidados! I had the pleasure of seeing a screening of this in Bristol several years ago and it is surely one of the most powerful films I have ever seen. I have never seen a better film dealing with the same subject