Amid a revolution in a South American mining outpost, a band of fugitives – a roguish adventurer, a local prostitute, a priest, an aging diamond miner, and his deaf-mute daughter – are forced to flee for their lives into the jungle.
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A film I love because Luis Buñuel, under the cover of an adventure movie, tells us a lot of things. Biblical references are multiple of course but they're deflected in front of Buñuel's camera. We'll never know for instance whether Simone - Marie-Madeleine - Signoret would have made an act of contrition after all. Masterpiece.
An overlooked Bunuel film that's a masterpiece just like all his other films. Economical in its pacing, surreal, beautifully shot, and marxist as fuck. Bunuel could make a genre film as well as anyone else.
A really great find! Buñuel has so many card-carrying masterpieces that it's easy for gems like this to escape notice. As a brush with the mainstream, it both proves he could tell a simple story and subverts the idea that a story is ever so simple. The first half shows the ridiculousness of human rules, and the second shows what happens when those rules disappear. Ironic, perverse, and worthy of his name.
Best known for his surrealist art films, Luis Bunuel also directed this big-budget studio pulp adventure, and it's easily one of his most satisfying and engaging films. A fun, melodramatic, action-packed plot, colorful characters, an exotic locale, great Eastman color cinematography, and many fascinating images - not to mention the odd, nihilistic ending. An absolute classic.
"In-a-gadda-da-vida, honey..." From a cast of hundreds at the start to only two at the end. Interesting how the two younger, 'wilder', less calculating characters end up surviving. The film plays on a well-worn theme of the jungle as a place where the rules of 'civilization' no longer apply, and where outlaws (experienced in surviving outside of civilization) thrive. A routine story told by an extraordinary director.